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USS MARBLEHEAD (CL 12)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - India - Romeo - Romeo

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 4 AUG 1920 at William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, PA
Launched on 9 OCT 1923
Commissioned 08 SEP 1924
Decommissioned 01 NOV 1945
Stricken 28 NOV 1945
Fate: Sold for scrap 27 FEB 1946.

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Marblehead 119k

USS Marblehead (CL 12) Being prepared for launching at the William Cramp & Son shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 9 October 1923. Courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, San Francisco, California, 1969.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 69021.

USNHC
Marblehead 70k Undated, Port view. USN
Marblehead 61k Undated, Port view, pre war image. Jesse P. Mannix
Marblehead 90k Undated starboard side view. Russ Padden
Marblehead 197k Undated port side view. Russ Padden
Marblehead 78k

USS Marblehead (CL 12) steaming at top speed during trials, 15 August 1924.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46638.

USNHC
Marblehead
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342k

USS Marblehead in an unknown Navy Yard, November 1929.

From the Leslie Jones Collection at the Boston Public Library.

Michael Mohl
Marblehead 98k

USS Marblehead (CL 12) in harbor, circa the early 1930s. The location may be San Diego, California. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 64633.

USNHC
Marblehead
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455k

USS Marblehead in dry dock #2, Boston Navy Yard, June 1932. The carpenter shop is visible to the left and the Bunker Hill Monument (obelisk) is above the gun turret. (Caption updated by Curtis Tammany)

From the Leslie Jones Collection at the Boston Public Library.

Michael Mohl
Marblehead
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341k

USS Marblehead in dry dock #2, Boston Navy Yard, June 1932. (Caption updated by Curtis Tammany)

From the Leslie Jones Collection at the Boston Public Library.

Michael Mohl
Marblehead
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510k

USS Marblehead in dry dock #2, Boston Navy Yard, June 1932. (Caption updated by Curtis Tammany)

From the Leslie Jones Collection at the Boston Public Library.

Michael Mohl
Marblehead 218k Overhead, Starboard side underway, January 10 1933. Excellent image showing details of this class. Image # (80-G-466558) National Archives
Marblehead 97k

USS Marblehead (CL 12) Underway in San Diego harbor, California, 10 January 1935. Photographed from USS Dobbin (AD 3). Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 64611.

USNHC
Marblehead
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190k

USS Marblehead (CL 12) at Manila Bay in 1939, taken from one of the Asiatic fleet 4-pipers (either USS Pope (DD 225) or USS Edsall (DD 219)).

Navy Memorial via Don Kehn, Jr. & Richard Lillie

Don Kehn, Jr.
Marblehead 101k

USS Marblehead (CL 12) at Tjilatjap, Java, after she had been damaged by Japanese high-level bombing attack in the Java Sea on 4 February 1942. This view shows the effect of an enemy bomb which struck her stern. Her after 6"/53 gun turret is at left. Note the blanked off portholes on her hull side.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-237439.

National Archives
Marblehead 92k

USS Marblehead (CL 12) under repair at the New York Navy Yard, circa June 1942, after she had been damaged by Japanese high-level bombing attack in the Java sea on 4 February 1942. This view shows new deck plating on the cruiser's stern. Her after 6"/53 gun turret is in the center.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-254938.

National Archives
Marblehead 211k Port quarter view after completion of repairs. October 1942. NavSea
Marblehead 87k

USS Marblehead (CL 12) off New York City, 11 October 1942.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-36901.

National Archives
Marblehead 130k

USS Marblehead (CL 12) off New York City, 14 October 1942. Note the Starboard catapult which is being prepared for launch.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-34914.

National Archives/Scott Dyben
Marblehead 140k

USS Marblehead (CL 12) off New York City, 14 October 1942. Note the Starboard catapult which is being prepared for launch.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-34910.

National Archives
Marblehead 77k

USS Marblehead (CL 12) off New York City, 6 May 1944.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-69394.

National Archives
Marblehead 90k

USS Marblehead (CL 12) underway at sea, 10 May 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98035.

USNHC
Marblehead 75k

USS Franklin (CV 13) (at left) Steams past USS Marblehead (CL 12), in New York Harbor, circa 28 April 1945, after her arrival from the Pacific for battle damage repairs.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-K-4777.

National Archives
Marblehead
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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
Marblehead
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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
Shackford, Chauncey, CAPT   09/08/1924 - 12/16/1925
Miller, William Siebel, CAPT   12/16/1925 -
Cage, Harry Kimball, CAPT   10/11/1927 - 06/01/1929
Koch, Ralph A., CAPT   06/01/1929 - 12/29/1930
Furlong, William Rea, CAPT RADM 12/29/1930 -
Crosse, Charles Washburn, CAPT   ~1936
Carter, Worrall Reed., CAPT   ~1938
Robinson, Arthur Granville, CAPT VADM ~1941 -
Kraker, George Patton, CAPT   ~1944 -

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


USS MARBLEHEAD (CL 12) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Ray Kester
Address: 6128 Sherborn Ln Springfield, VA, 22152-1630
Phone: 703-451-2520
E-mail: raykstr@bellatlantic.net


Note About Contacts.

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