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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: Nan - Item - Sail - Love
Displacement 7,050 Tons, Dimensions, 555' 6" (oa) x 55' 4" x 20' (Max)
Armament 12 x 6"/53, 2 x 3"/50AA, 10 x 21" tt.
Armor, 3" Belt, 1 1/2" Deck, 1 1/2 Conning Tower.
Machinery, 90,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 458.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 06 DEC 1918 at Todd Dry Dock & Construction Co. Tacoma, WA
Launched 14 DEC 1920
Commissioned 24 FEB 1923
Collision with USS Milwaukee (CL 5) 31 MAY 1943
Decommissioned 01 MAY 1945
Stricken 28 NOV 1945
Fate: Scrapped in FEB 1946 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Combat Action Ribbon - American Defense Service Medal w/A Device
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

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Miss Louise Bushnell White, sponsor, stands on the launching platform to pose for pictures on 14 December 1920 after smashing the customary bottle of champagne on the USS Omaha (CL 4) at Todd Shipyards in Tacoma. Miss White was chosen to represent her home town of Omaha, Nebraska, partially because she was a descendant of David Bushnell, inventor of the Revolutionary War one man submarine. Posing with her on the platform are (order unknown) C.W. Wiley of Seattle, president of Todd Drydocks Inc, William H. Todd of NYC, president of Todd Shipyards Corporation and J.A. Eves, General Manager of Todd Shipyards. The Omaha, the 27th launching at the Todd Yard, is the longest ship built in the Northwest and it is the first to be launched bow first.

Tacoma Public Library, Marvin D. Boland Collection, BOLAND-B3345

Mike Green
466k Article about the USS Mississippi (BB 41) being overhauled and the launching of the USS Omaha (CL 4). Tommy Trampp
Omaha 28k Undated Port Bow view. USN
112k Port side view while underway date and location unknown. John Spivey

Dress Ship while moored, port side to, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, 24 May 1923.

National Archives, Seattle Branch, Record Group 181.

Tracy White
Omaha 92k

USS Omaha (CL 4) In harbor, 8 December 1923.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97970.


USS Omaha (CL 4) in Commencement Bay at the end of July 1924. The Omaha, a 550-foot 'scout cruiser', had steamed into the bay for a week's stay, accompanied by a squadron of six destroyers. The Omaha was the first of a ten ship class of 7,050 ton light cruisers. The ship was built at Todd Dry Dock of Tacoma and launched on 14 December 1920.

Tacoma Public Library, Marvin D. Boland Collection, BOLAND-B10599.

Mike Green
Omaha 116k

USS Omaha (CL 4) Passing the San Diego Naval Station, circa 1925-1926. Note the F5L seaplanes in the foreground.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 43053.


Excellent photo of USS Omaha (CL 4), taken in San Diego Bay. Date is not stated, but from a photo collection which is all dated between 1925 and 1929.

U.S. Navy Photo.

David Buell
Omaha 134k Starboard bow view, 1926 Jon Burdett

USS Omaha Liberty Men at Lava Beds at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii in 1932.

National Archives, Seattle Branch, Record Group 181.

Tracy White

View looking aft down the port side during Omaha's record setting run (at the time) from Honolulu to San Francisco. The run, which occurred in 1932, was completed in 75 Hours and 40 minutes.

National Archives, Seattle Branch, Record Group 181.

Tracy White

View looking aft during Omaha's record setting run (at the time) from Honolulu to San Francisco. The run, which occurred in 1932, was completed in 75 Hours and 40 minutes.

National Archives, Seattle Branch, Record Group 181.

Tracy White

As temporary flagship (she flies a four-star flag at the main) for Adm. Richard H. Leigh, the USS Omaha (CL 4) is off Diamond Head, Honolulu, T.H., 20 October 1932. Close investigation of the image reveals a black-hulled admiral’s barge in skids to port of her no.2 stack.

U.S. National Archives, Photo #80-CF-2142

Omaha 127k

USS Omaha (CL 4) Underway, circa the early 1930s. The original photograph is dated 20 October 1936, but it was actually taken prior to Omaha's 1933 overhaul, during which her topmasts were reduced and a "bathtub" machinegun platform was fitted atop her foremast.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97971.

Omaha 83k

USS Omaha (CL 4) View of the ship's forward superstructure, taken after overhaul at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, 29 August 1933. Note newly installed machine gun "bathtub" atop Omaha foremast, rangefinders and other fire control facilities on and about the mast, voice tubes running down from the masthead, 6"/53 guns in casemate mountings, and Battle Efficiency "E" painted on the pilothouse. Courtesy of Don S. Montgomery, USN (Retired).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 93507.


USS Omaha (CL 4) grounded in the Bahamas, 18 July 1937.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #NH 43062

Omaha 59k

USS Omaha (CL 4) Aground in the Bahamas, 18 July 1937. Note lighthouse at right and vessels alongside Omaha.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 43061.


Aerial view of the USS Omaha (CL 4) released 10 March 1938, showing clearly the groups of .50 caliber antiaircraft machine guns in the foretop and on the after superstructure, and two Seagulls on her catapults.

U.S. National Archives, Photo #19-N-17951

Mike Green
206k The body of the U.S. Ambassador to Cuba, J. Butler Wright, arrives in at the Washington Navy Yard on 11 December 1939 aboard the USS Omaha (CL 4).

Library of Congress, Photo No. LC-H22-D-7984

Mike Green
Omaha 71k

Odenwald Incident, November 1941 - USS Omaha (CL 4), in right center, standing by the German blockade runner Odenwald, which has a U.S. boarding party on board, in the South Atlantic, 6 November 1941. Photographed from USS Somers (DD 381).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 49935.

Omaha 114k

USS Omaha (CL 4) In New York Harbor, 10 February 1943.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-40594.

National Archives
Omaha 68k

USS Omaha (CL 4) Off the New York Navy Yard, 10 February 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97972.


Omaha (CL 4) underway at speed, as seen from a plane flying out of NAS Coco Solo, 19 March 1943.

U.S. National Archives, Photo #80-G-567157

Mike Green

USS Omaha (CL 4) recovers U-177 survivors after they had been rescued by one of the cruiser’s whaleboat crews, 6 February 1944.

U.S. National Archives, Photo #80-G-358559

Mike Green

USS Omaha (CL 4) during the invasion of Southern France, as seen from USS Philadelphia (CL 41) (one of the latter’s Curtiss SOC Seagulls can be seen in the right foreground), in an image received on 1 September 1944.

U.S. National Archives, Photo #80-G-256278

Mike Green

Moored, port side to, possibly Recife, Brazil, August 1945.

From the collection of PhoM1c Owen Nance.

Curt Nance
145k Ex-Marblehead (CL 12) being scrapped in Dry Dock No. 4 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on January 10, 1946. To the left is ex-Cincinnati (CL 6), behind left is ex-Raleigh (CL 7) and behind right is ex-Omaha (CL 4).

Library of Congress, HAER PA,51-PHILA,709D—20

Mike Green

Scrapping ex-USS Omaha (CL 4) proceeds at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, 10 January 1946. The ex-USS Raleigh (CL 7) is also being scrapped, lying next to the Omaha.

USS Omaha DANFS Ship's History Files

Mike Green
166k Scrapping of ex-Marblehead (CL 12), ex-Cincinnati (CL 6), ex-Omaha (CL 4), and ex-Raleigh (CL 7). Naval Shipyard Philadelphia. February 18, 1946. Mike Green

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Hanrahan, David Carlisle, CAPT   02/24/1923 - 06/14/1924
Horne, Frederick Joseph, CAPT ADM 06/14/1924 - 01/16/1926
Cole, Cyrus Willard, CAPT RADM 01/16/1926 - 08/25/1927
Buchanan, Allen, CAPT   08/25/1927 - 06/11/1929
Downes, John, CAPT RADM 11/06/1929 - 05/22/1930
Pickens, Andrew Calhoun, CAPT RADM 05/22/1930 - 05/14/1932
Dowell Jr., Jonathan Stuart, CAPT   05/14/1932 - 06/04/1934
Woods, James Sterett, CAPT   06/04/1934 - 12/14/1935
Jones, Herbert Aloysius, CAPT   12/14/1935 - 09/10/1936
Mecleary, Howard Blaine, CAPT   09/10/1936 - 01/17/1938
Lind, Wallace Ludwig, CAPT   01/17/1938 - 02/01/1939
Davidson, Lyal Ament, CAPT VADM 02/01/1939 - 09/01/1939
Powell, Paulus Prince, CAPT RADM 09/01/1939 - 10/15/1941
Chandler, Theodore Edson, CAPT RADM 10/15/1941 - 04/01/1943
Leffler Jr., Charles Doyle, CAPT   04/01/1943 - 03/10/1944
Tillson, Elwood Morse, CAPT   03/10/1944 - 06/23/1945
Freseman, William Langfitt, CAPT   06/23/1945 - 09/24/1945
Lucas, Albert Davis, CDR   09/24/1945 - 11/01/1945

(Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves - Photos courtesy of Bill Gonyo)

USS OMAHA (CL 4) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
CL 4 - SSN 692

Contact Name: Mr. Mel Schaefer
Address: 1113 Coach Rd Papillon, NE, 68046-2903
Phone: 402-592-0587
E-mail: None

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.
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