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USS MEMPHIS (CL 13)


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

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 14 OCT 1920 at William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, PA
Launched on 17 APR 1924
Commissioned 04 FEB 1925
Decommissioned 17 DEC 1945
Stricken 08 JAN 1946
Fate: Sold for scrap 10 JAN 1947 to Patapsco Scrap Co., Bethlehem, PA.

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By And/Or Copyright
Memphis 120k Undated, As built showing this class as completed. USN
Memphis 41k Undated, Port side image. Scott McCoy
Memphis 58k Starboard Bow view. From the collection of Gerald M. Charpentier of New Orleans, LA. Donated by his niece, Elaine C. Witty-Charpentier. Elaine C. Witty-Charpentier.
Memphis
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301k Port quarter view, circa 1939, location unknown. Jonathan Eno
Memphis 93k

USS Memphis (CL 13) In drydock at Kiel, Germany, circa 1926-1927, while she was serving as flagship for Commander U.S. Naval Forces, Europe.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46206.

USNHC
Memphis 75k

USS Memphis (CL 13) Arrives at the Washington Navy Yard, D.C., with Charles A. Lindbergh on board, upon his return from Europe to the United States after his pioneering trans-Atlantic flight, 11 June 1927. The stern of USS Mayflower (PY 1) is at right.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46210.

USNHC
Memphis 99k

Charles A. Lindbergh - Prepares to disembark from USS Memphis (CL 13) at the Washington Navy Yard, D.C., upon his return from Europe to the United States after his pioneering trans-Atlantic flight, 11 June 1927. Officer standing behind him, to right, is the ship's Commanding Officer, Captain Henry E. Lackey. Behind Capt. Lackey is Commander Eugene E. Wilson, of the Bureau of Aeronautics.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 48168.

USNHC
Memphis 54k

USS Memphis (CL 13) Photographed circa the later 1920s.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46210.

USNHC
Memphis 185k Starboard bow view dated 1929. U.S. Navy photo. Stan Cochran
Memphis 157k

USS Memphis (CL 13) Catapults an O2U "Corsair" floatplane, during fleet maneuvers on 10 May 1933.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-455864.

National Archives
Memphis 85k

USS Memphis (CL 13) Underway off New York City during the Fleet Review, 31 May 1934.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

USN
Memphis 101k

USS Memphis (CL 13) 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 64627.

USNHC
Memphis 123k

USS Memphis (CL 13) View on deck, looking aft from the bow while the ship was underway in the South Atlantic, circa 1941-1942. Note 6"/53 guns in her forward turret and casemate mountings, 3"/50 anti-aircraft gun behind the turret, rangefinders and other fire control equipment on the foremast. Crewmen are wearing the short "Whites" popular in the tropics.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-10535.

National Archives
Memphis 141k

USS Memphis (CL 13) A Curtiss SOC "Seagull" scout-observation aircraft hooks onto the recovery mat, in preparation for being hoisted on board, circa early 1942. Note flags marking the mat's front edges, and men watching from the whaleboat in the lower right.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-21927.

National Archives
Memphis 123k

USS Memphis (CL 13) A Curtiss SOC "Seagull" scout-observation aircraft is lowered onto the cruiser's starboard catapult, after recovery, circa early 1942. Note crewmen wearing tropical white uniforms, searchlights alongside smokestacks, 3"/50 anti-aircraft guns in front of the catapult and .50 caliber machine guns behind it.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-21925.

National Archives
Memphis 100k

USS Memphis (CL 13) Off New York City, 2 November 1942, with a barge and harbor tug alongside.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-38615.

National Archives
Memphis 94k

USS Memphis (CL 13) Off New York City, 2 November 1942, with a barge and harbor tug alongside.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-38614.

National Archives
Memphis
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94k USS Memphis (CL 13) with unidentified RFA (Royal Fleet Auxiliary) tug alongside in Valetta Harbour, Malta, in October 1945 Robert Hurst

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Lackey, Henry Ellis, CAPT RADM 02/04/1925 -
Pope, Ralph Elto, CAPT   06/28/1927 - 06/29/1929
Meyers, George Julian, CAPT RADM 06/29/1929
Ogan, Joseph Vance, CAPT   05/20/1931
Pence, Harry Langley, CAPT   10/10/1932
Lassing, Walter Hamilton, CAPT   06/25/1934
London, John Jackson, CAPT   07/1934 - 07/1935
Kauffman, James Lawrence, CAPT VADM 06/01/1936
Reifsnider, Lawrence Fairfax, CAPT   01/02/1938 - 12/10/1938
Manahan, Stewart Allan, CAPT COMO 12/10/1938 - 05/10/1940
Parrish, Charles Jefferson, CAPT COMO 06/27/1940 - 12/15/1941
Braine Jr., Clinton Elgin, CAPT   12/15/1941 - 09/21/1942
McCown, Henry Young, CAPT   09/30/1942 - 08/16/1943
Hungerford, Ralph Waldo, CAPT   08/18/1943 - 08/05/1944
Grisham, Charles Frederick, CAPT   08/05/1944
Kneeland, Omer Archibald, CAPT   08/29/1945 - 12/17/1945

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


USS MEMPHIS (CL 13) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Donald Sharp
Address: None Listed
Phone: 800-334-2723
E-mail: None


Note About Contacts.

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