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USS MILWAUKEE (CL 5)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - India - Sierra - Mike

CLASS - OMAHA
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 13 DEC 1918 at Todd Dry Dock & Construction Co. Tacoma, WA
Launched on 24 MAR 1921
Commissioned 20 JUN 1923
Collision with USS Omaha (CL 4) 31 MAY 1943
Transferred on loan to Soviet Union 20 APR 1944
Transferred back to United States 16 MAR 1949
Decommissioned 18 MAR 1949
Stricken 18 MAR 1949
Fate: Sold for scrap 10 DEC 1949 to American Shipbreakers, Inc., Wilmington, DE


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal - Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal - Mexican Service Medal
Second Row - American Defense Service Medal w/FLEET Clasp - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


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Milwaukee
0400524
375k

Milwaukee sitting on the ways at Todd Dry Dock & Construction Co. Tacoma, WA. The hull to the right is Cincinnati.

Photo courtesy of the United States Naval Institute.

Jim Geldert, USNI
Milwaukee
0400521
85k

Milwaukee launching bow first at Todd Dry Dock & Construction Co. Tacoma, WA on 24 March 1921.

Photo from Popular Mechanics Magazine 1921

Robert Hurst
Milwaukee
0400523
443k

Milwaukee launching bow first at Todd Dry Dock & Construction Co. Tacoma, WA on 24 March 1921.

Photo courtesy of the United States Naval Institute.

Jim Geldert, USNI
Milwaukee
0400522
293k

Milwaukee being positioned after launch. The two tugs in the foreground are Hero and Wasp.

Photo courtesy of the United States Naval Institute.

Jim Geldert, USNI

Milwaukee 107k Undated, Passing under the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco. Randy Kimes
Milwaukee 72k Undated, pre war image. Jesse P. Mannix
Milwaukee 72k Excellent undated, stern image. Tom Kerman
Milwaukee 72k

USS Milwaukee (CL 5) In a Pacific Ocean port during her shakedown cruise, circa mid-1923. Note the outrigger canoe in the foreground.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46130.

USNHC
Milwaukee 75k

USS Milwaukee (CL 5) Launches a torpedo during exercises, circa 1925. Courtesy of Mrs. Donald Shull, 1976.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 85126.

USNHC
Milwaukee 114k

USS Milwaukee (CL 5) The ship's two starboard 3"/50 anti-aircraft guns in action during target practice, 5 December 1928. Notice the framework around the guns to prevent firing into the ship's superstructure. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 64614.

USNHC
Milwaukee 87k

USS Milwaukee (CL 5) Sailors working on the ship's propellers, while she was in the Dewey Drydock at the Olongapo Naval Station, Philippine Islands, 25 February 1929. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 64618.

USNHC
Milwaukee 85k

USS Milwaukee (C -5) Water flows aft over the bow as the cruiser makes a stormy passage from Manila to Hong Kong, 6 March 1929. View was taken from the foremast, with the ship's forward twin 6"/53 gun turret in the foreground. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 64616.

USNHC
Milwaukee 62k

USS Milwaukee (C -5) Flying a "Homeward Bound" pennant at Yokohama, Japan, on 13 May 1929. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 64613.

USNHC
Milwaukee 79k

USS Milwaukee (CL 5) Photographed circa the early 1930s.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 97979.

USNHC
Milwaukee
0400528
143k

Navy Yard diver going down to repair collar on USS Milwaukee by using torch. Circa 1932

Digital Commonwealth,  http://ark.digitalcommonwealth.org/ark:/50959/0p096h06d

Michael Mohl
Milwaukee
0400529
144k

Navy Yard diver going down to burn collar of USS Milwaukee with torch.  Circa 1932.  

Digital Commonwealth,  http://ark.digitalcommonwealth.org/ark:/50959/cn69m674p

Michael Mohl
Milwaukee 110k

USS Milwaukee (CL 5) Photographed by Tai Sing Loo in Pearl Harbor, circa the middle or later 1930s. Courtesy of the USS Milwaukee Shipmates Association.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 97980.

USNHC
Milwaukee
0400520
188k

I found the attached at NARA II a couple of weeks ago. It was in a folder labeled "Painting - Moravian Paint Test - USS Milwauke." I did some research and came up with:

http://www.archive.org/stream/pacificmarinerev4548paci/pacificmarinerev4548paci_djvu.txt

"Several commercial brands of plastic paint have been investigated by the Navy during the past 50 years. Outstanding in the early tests were the Moravian paints manufactured by Veneziani of Trieste. A green anti-fouling paint furnished by this firm passed Navy tests so satisfactorily that in 1902 several battleships and cruisers were coated with it. These applications proved very satisfactory, but because of pressure against use of foreign paints and difficulties in procurement, their use was discontinued.

Mare Island Navy Yard was asked to carry on further investigations, and in 1901 reported that "all Chemical Warfare Service paints were quite eflfective against fouling and furnished good protective films." In 1932, the Navy bought sufficient Moravian paint to coat twice the bottoms of one destroyer and two cruisers, and after exhaustive tests, the experts agreed that Moravian was more effective than Navy Standard against fouling. The Navy then started out to find a formula that would be equal to or better than Moravian. "

NARA II - Puget Sound Navy Yard photo

Tracy White
Milwaukee 50k

USS Milwaukee (CL 5) Off the New York Navy Yard, 7 January 1942.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-27088.

National Archives
Milwaukee 90k

USS Milwaukee (CL 5) View looking aft from the bow, taken off the New York Navy Yard on 7 January 1942. Note details of the ship's forward superstructure and forecastle. Numbers identify recently installed items.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-27091.

National Archives
Milwaukee
0400526
291k

Two views of USS Milwaukee at a Brooklyn Navy Yard overhaul on 6 & 17 August 1943.

From NA DD246 and DD341 19LCM.

John Chiquoine and Rick E. Davis
Milwaukee
0400527
266k

Two views of USS Milwaukee at a Brooklyn Navy Yard overhaul on 6 & 17 August 1943.

From NA DD246 and DD341 19LCM.

John Chiquoine and Rick E. Davis
Milwaukee 55k

USS Milwaukee (CL 5) Off New York City, circa August 1943.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-51513.

National Archives
Milwaukee 97k 1944-1949 era photo of the Milwaukee while under Lend-Lease as the Russian Murmansk. Pavel Khozhainov
Milwaukee 72k USS Milwaukee (CL 5) seen here in service with the Soviet Union as the cruiser Murmansk, returning to US waters for transfer back to the US Navy. On 20 April 1944 she was decommissioned and transferred to the Soviet Union as Murmansk, to temporarily satisfy Soviet demands for a share of the Italian fleet. An Italian cruiser was delivered to the Soviets after the war, and Murmansk was returned by the Soviets on 16 March 1949. She was immediately stricken, and was sold for scrapping soon thereafter. Joe Radigan & Bob Hirst
Milwaukee 72k

USS Milwaukee (CL 5) Off Lewes, Delaware, on 16 March 1949, just after she was returned to the U.S. Navy by the Soviet Union. She had served as the Soviet Navy ship Murmansk since April 1944. By the time this photograph was taken, Milwaukee had been repainted to remove the Soviet-style white waterline stripe.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 71458.

USNHC
Milwaukee
0400525

Milwaukee
0400525a

144k

 

 

 

127k

Caption from photo:

S1131203-Watch your credit...International News Photos Slug (Cruiser Milwaukee)

Cruiser returned by Russia-junked in Delaware-Philadelphia, PA......The last gun is shown being removed from the light cruiser Milwaukee, first lend-lease ship to be returned by Soviet Russia, in preparation to being scrapped at the American Breakers, Inc. dock in Wilmington Delaware. Most of the vessel's superstructure has already been removed.

D.12.30.49

Ron Reeves

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Asserson, William Christian, CAPT   06/20/1923 - 1924
Pinney, Frank Lucius, CAPT   06/06/1924 - 1925
Woodward, Clark Howell, CAPT   06/01/1926 - 04/11/1928
Menner, Robert Tryon (Duke), CAPT   04/11/1928 - 05/22/1930
Wallace, Henry George Stuart, CAPT   05/22/1930 - 1932
Roberts, Frank Hamilton, CAPT   12/03/1933 - 1934
Green, Burton Hepburn, CAPT   03/09/1934 - 06/04/1935
McConnell, Riley Franklin, CAPT   06/04/1935 - 1936
Bowman, Mark Cooper, CDR   05/26/1936
Kirk, Alan Goodrich, CAPT RADM 07/01/1936 - 1937
Kelley Jr., Frank Harrison, CAPT RADM 03/20/1937 - 1938
McGlasson, Archibald, CAPT   01/10/1939 - 1941
Royal, Forrest Betton, CAPT RADM 10/01/1941 - 01/1943
Jacobson, Jacob Harry, CAPT COMO 11/28/1942 - 07/01/1943
Fielding, Charles Frederick, CAPT   07/01/1943 - 04/20/1944
On Loan to Soviet Union   04/20/1944 - 03/16/1949
Lademan Jr., Joseph Uhrig, CAPT   03/16/1949 - 03/18/1949

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


USS MILWAUKEE (CL 5) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

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