From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Benewah is a county in Idaho.

(APB-35: dp. 2189; l. 328'; b. 50'; dr. 11'2"; s. 10 k.; cpl. 151; a. 8 40 mm.; cl. Benewah)

Benewah (APL-35) was reclassified APB-35 11 August 1844; launched by Boston Navy Yard 6 May 1945; sponsored by Miss Priscilla Underwood; and commissioned 19 March 1946, Lieutenant Commander J. M. Kilcullen in command.

Benewah reported to the 16th Fleet at Boston 3 April 1946 for duty as a berthing ship for the men engaged in inactivating and decommissioning aircraft carriers. She remained on this duty until 30 August 1946 when she was placed out of commission in reserve.

In February 1947 she was towed to Green Cove Springs, Fla.; placed in service in reserve; and used as headquarters ship for Sub-Group 3, Florida Group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet.

Recommissioned 9 November 1951, she provided logistic support for Mobile Construction Battalions at overseas bases (9 March-19 December 1952). Departing Newport R. I., 22 August 1953 she arrived at Naples, Italy 10 September and became flagship of Commander, Fleet Air, Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean. She returned to Norfolk 11 September 1955 and was placed out of commission in reserve at Green Cove Springs 10 March 1956.