Named for Chief Carpenter John Arnold Austin, b. 30 August 1905, Warrior, AL; KIA 7 December 1941 aboard OKLAHOMA (BB-37); posthumous Navy Cross

Type: GMT
Builder: MINY
Laid down as BLACKWOOD for Great Britain (BDE)
Keel laid 03/14/42
Launched 09/25/42
Commissioned 02/13/43
New name unassigned until 02/19/43
First CO: Lt Cdr H. G. Claudius (1)
Decommissioned 12/21/45
Stricken 01/08/46
Scrapped 01/09/47

Unit of CortDiv 14, Pacific

From the research of Anne McCarthy,
with contributions by Pat Perrella and Pat Stephens, webmaster. March 2006

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