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USS PENSACOLA (CL/CA 24)


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

CLASS - PENSACOLA
Displacement 9,100 Tons, Dimensions, 585' 6" (oa) x 65' 3" x 22' (Max)
Armament 10 x 8"/55, 4 x 5"/25, 6 x 21" tt. 4 Aircraft.
Armor, 4" Belt, 2 1/2 Turrets, 1" Deck, 1 1/4 Conning Tower.
Machinery, 107,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 32.5 Knots, Crew 635.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 27 OCT 1926 by the New York Navy Yard
Launched 25 APR 1929
Commissioned 06 FEB 1930
Reclassified CA 24 01 JUL 1931
Designated as a test ship for "Operation Crossroads" at Bikini Atoll
Survived atomic aerial burst on 1 JUL 1946
Survived atomic subsurface burst on 25 JUL 1946
Decommissioned 26 AUG 1946
Fate: Sunk as target on 10 NOV 1948 off the coast of Washington.

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Pensacola
0402454
157k Members of the crowd, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, watch as the USS Pensacola (CA-24) slides down the ways on 25 April 1929.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1986.049.002

Mike Green
Pensacola
0402455
148k Water view as the USS Pensacola (CA-24) slides down the ways and enters the water for the first time on 25 April 1929.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1986.049.003

Mike Green
Pensacola
0402456
140k Water view as the USS Pensacola (CA-24) slides down the ways and enters the water for the first time on 25 April 1929.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1986.049.004

Mike Green
Pensacola
0402457
133k Tugs catch and tow the flag dressed USS Pensacola (CA-24) after her 25 April 1929 launching. A prize was awarded to the first tug that caught the ship after launching.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1986.049.005

Mike Green
Pensacola
0402458
86k Launching ceremonies are complete for the USS Pensacola (CA-24) and the flag dressed ship is moored waiting for fitting out to begin.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1986.049.001

Mike Green
Pensacola 38k Undated, pre-war image. USN
Pensacola 74k Undated, Underway showing modifications, including search radar. USN
Pensacola 72k Undated, pre-war image. Jesse P. Mannix
Pensacola 72k Undated, pre-war image. Tom Kermen
Pensacola
0402436
308k Undated pre-war view. Robert M. Cieri
Pensacola
0402437
266k

Undated port side photo while at anchor. Note the two cruisers behind her.

Photo by George Winstead.

Robert M. Cieri
Pensacola 89k

USS Pensacola (CA 24) Photographed at anchor, during the 1930s.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 662.

USNHC
Pensacola
0402447
222k US Navy Recruiting photo of Pensacola in Gaillard Cut circa 1931. Darryl Baker
Pensacola 181k

USS Pensacola (CA 24) Officers, Sailors and Marines in the ship's midships well deck, 1933. Note details of catapults, and the four Vought O2U-4 floatplanes. The plane at far right is Bureau # 8334.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 51885.

USNHC
Pensacola 102k

USS Pensacola (CA 24) Underway at sea, September 1935.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center #NH 97838.

USNHC
Pensacola 95k Photo taken at Pearl Harbor in May, 1942 before any modifications/refits. Clearly shown are old style radar on foremast and small tripod mainmast. Tripod mainmast was eventually replaced with a small tower superstructure between searchlight platform and #3 turret. USN
Pensacola 92k

Battle of Midway, June 1942 - View looking astern on USS Pensacola (CA 24) as she steams to the aid of USS Yorktown (CV 5) during the early afternoon of 4 June 1942. Ships following are probably USS Benham (DD 397), at left, and USS Vincennes (CA 44). Wake at far right is probably that of USS Balch (DD 363). These four ships were detached from Task Force 16 to augment the screen of the nearby Task Force 17 after Yorktown was hit and temporarily stopped by Japanese dive bombers.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.

Scott Dyben
Pensacola 149k Pensacola shown in August, 1942 off the Hawaiian Islands. Ships in the background are the USS Hornet (CV 8), an unidentified Atlanta class anti-aircraft light cruiser and an unidentified Sims class destroyer. USN
Pensacola 75k

USS Pensacola (CA 24) At anchor in a south Pacific port, 28 September 1942. An oiler (AO) is in the left distance.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

National Archives
Pensacola
0402440
54k

Damage received in action 29 November 1942 during the Battle of Tassafaronga

5765-5: 1 December 1942
USS Pensacola. Close up of damaged area.

NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor General Correspondence Files 1941-45

Tracy White
Pensacola
0402441
48k

Damage received in action 29 November 1942 during the Battle of Tassafaronga

1 December 1942
USS Pensacola. Close up of damaged area.

NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor General Correspondence Files 1941-45

Tracy White
Pensacola
0402442
49k

Damage received in action 29 November 1942 during the Battle of Tassafaronga

1 December 1942
USS Pensacola. Close up of damaged area.

NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor General Correspondence Files 1941-45

Tracy White
Pensacola
0402443
49k

Damage received in action 29 November 1942 during the Battle of Tassafaronga

1 December 1942
USS Pensacola. Close up of damaged area.

NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor General Correspondence Files 1941-45

Tracy White
Pensacola
0402444
98k

Damage received in action 29 November 1942 during the Battle of Tassafaronga

5765-10: 1 December 1942
USS Vestal repair men cutting away wreckage. Man with hose is immediately over after engine room.

NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor General Correspondence Files 1941-45

Tracy White
Pensacola
0402445
41k

Damage received in action 29 November 1942 during the Battle of Tassafaronga

5765-11: 1 December 1942
Hole made by torpedo after wreckage had been cleared away.

NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor General Correspondence Files 1941-45

Tracy White
Pensacola
0402446
77k

Damage received in action 29 November 1942 during the Battle of Tassafaronga

5765-21: 1 December 1942
Outer bulkhead of number three turret's barbette.

NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor General Correspondence Files 1941-45

Tracy White
Pensacola 131k

USS Pensacola (CA 24) alongside USS Vestal (AR 4), undergoing repair of torpedo damage received during the Battle of Tassafaronga, off Guadalcanal on 30 November 1942. Note the hole in her side below the mainmast, and the extensive fire damage in the area of that mast and the number three eight-inch gun turret. Photographed at Espirito Santo, New Hebrides, on 17 December 1942.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-33862.

Scott Dyben
Pensacola
0402451
298k

Preparing for the removal of 8" turret #3 while at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard on 29 January 1943. The turret was damaged during the Battle of Tassafaronga, off Guadalcanal on 30 November 1942.

National Archives, San Francisco Branch, Mare Island Naval Shipyard General Correspondence files, 1941-47

Tracy White
Pensacola
0402452
205k

Removal of 8" turret #3 while at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard on 29 January 1943. The turret was damaged during the Battle of Tassafaronga, off Guadalcanal on 30 November 1942.

National Archives, San Francisco Branch, Mare Island Naval Shipyard General Correspondence files, 1941-47

Tracy White
Pensacola
0402453
270k

Removal of 8" turret #3 while at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard on 29 January 1943. The turret was damaged during the Battle of Tassafaronga, off Guadalcanal on 30 November 1942. Righting operations for the overturned USS Oklahoma (BB 37) can be seen in the distance.

National Archives, San Francisco Branch, Mare Island Naval Shipyard General Correspondence files, 1941-47

Tracy White
Pensacola 65k

USS Pensacola (CA 24) Photographed on 14 October 1943. She is accompanied by two tugs, one small harbor type and the other (at right) an old Navy fleet tug.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-67932.

National Archives / Edward H. Cleary
Pensacola 115k

USS Salt Lake City (CA 25), USS Pensacola (CA 24) and USS New Orleans (CA 32) (listed from left to right) Nested together at Pearl Harbor, 31 October 1943. Ford Island is at the left, with USS Oklahoma (BB 37) under salvage at the extreme left, just beyond Salt Lake City's forward superstructure. Note the radar antennas, gun directors and eight-inch guns on these three heavy cruisers.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-264236.

Scott Dyben
Pensacola 124k Shown at Mare Island on May 20, 1944 after being refitted. The tall foremast has a year to remain and this was a hallmark of the class from their completion. The original tripod mainmast is replaced with a short tower and 40mm A.A. guns are mounted at the open bridge level. USN
Pensacola 382k

Amidships looking aft plan view of USS Pensacola (CA 24) at Mare Island on 20 May 1944. She was at the shipyard for repairs from 6 May until 20 May 1944.

U.S. Navy Photo #3024-44

Darryl Baker
Pensacola 184k

Stern view of USS Pensacola (CA 24) departing Mare Island on 20 May 1944. She was at the shipyard for repairs from 6 May until 20 May 1944.

U.S. Navy Photo #3031-44

Darryl Baker
Pensacola 175k

Bow on view of USS Pensacola (CA 24) departing Mare Island on 20 May 1944. She was at the shipyard for repairs from 6 May until 20 May 1944.

U.S. Navy Photo #3036-44

Darryl Baker
Pensacola
0402438
279k Port side view of Pensacola in camouflage Measure 32, Design 14d. Robert M. Cieri
Pensacola 68k Taken 20 May 1944, after modifications, showing tripod mainmast replaced by small tower, location unknown (Caption updated by Bob Hirst). USN
Pensacola 79k

USS Pensacola (CA 24) In Massacre Bay, Attu Island, Alaska, 9 June 1944. She is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 14d.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center #NH 97839.

USNHC / Edward H. Cleary
Pensacola 189k

Broadside view of USS Pensacola (CA 24) off Mare Island upon her arrival for overhaul on 7 May 1945. The photos show locations of projectile hits received off Iwo Jima.

U.S. Navy Photo 3382-45.

Darryl Baker
Pensacola
0402448
198k

Starboard broadside view indicating the location od projectile hits sustained while operating off of Iwo Jima on 17 February 1945. Photo was taken on 7 May 1945 while off Mare Island, CA.

National Archives, San Francisco Branch, Mare Island Naval Shipyard General Correspondence files, 1941-47

Tracy White
Pensacola
0402449
198k

View of projectile damage. Photo was taken on 25 May 1945 while drydocked at Mare Island, CA.

National Archives, San Francisco Branch, Mare Island Naval Shipyard General Correspondence files, 1941-47

Tracy White
Pensacola
0402450
168k

Starboard side view while off Mare Island after completion of repairs. Photo taken on 11 July 1945.

National Archives, San Francisco Branch, Mare Island Naval Shipyard General Correspondence files, 1941-47

Tracy White
Pensacola 69k

USS Pensacola (CA 24) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 29 June 1945.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-87787

National Archives
Pensacola
0502434
524K

Stern view of USS Pensacola (CA 24) off Mare Island on 29 June 1945.

U.S. Navy Photo #4937-45

Darryl Baker
Pensacola
0402435
339K

Amidships looking aft plan view of USS Pensacola (CA 24) at Mare Island on 3 July 1945. She was in overhaul at the shipyard from 7 May to 11 July 1945.

U.S. Navy photo #5048-45

Darryl Baker
Pensacola 129k

USS Pensacola (CA 24) At the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 3 July 1945, at the end of her final overhaul. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship. Note her main battery of twin and triple eight-inch gun turrets. USS Indianapolis (CA 35) and the lighter YF-390 are at left. . (Tall tripod foremast is cut down, tripod mainmast is replaced by a short tower, 40mm A.A. guns have been added at the bow, #1 and #4 turret range finders are removed and the starboard catapult is removed due to weight problems. The Pensacola was the last cruiser refit during WW2)

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-87792

National Archives
Pensacola 126k

USS Pensacola (CA-24) View on the ship's afterdeck, looking forward, showing damage inflicted during the Operation "Crossroads" atomic bomb tests at Bikini, in July 1946. Men in the foreground are examining the remains of equipment placed on her deck to test the effects of the bomb explosion. Note the caution signs painted on her after eight-inch gun turret, presumably to reduce fire risks and prevent the taking of radioactive items as souvenirs.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center #NH 97840.

USNHC
Pensacola 102k

USS Pensacola (CA 24) Is towed out of Puget Sound, Washington, en route to sea for disposal as a target in First Task Fleet exercises, 9 November 1948.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 86700.

USNHC
Pensacola 84k Pensacola is shown being straddled by naval gunfire on November 10, 1948. USN
Pensacola 117k Pensacola with both bow and stern blown off by gunfire, sinking on November 10, 1948, 100 miles off the coast of Washington State. Noticeable is damage to the foremast and stack area. This happened during the nuclear tests, leaving the amidships area badly damaged. USN
Pensacola
0402439
39k The ship's bell from USS Pensacola. This image was taken on Friday, 13 June 2008 at the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, where the bell is now housed. Judson Phillips

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Howe, Alfred Graham, CAPT RADM 02/06/1930 - 12/28/1931
Bagley Sr., David Worth, CAPT ADM 12/28/1931 - 06/10/1933
Michael, Herbert Harlan, CAPT   06/10/1933 - 04/12/1935
Crenshaw, Russel Sydnor, CAPT   04/12/1935 - 06/16/1936
Bowdey, George Hall, CAPT COMO 06/16/1936 - 12/06/1937
Denney, Andrew Daniel (Dens), CAPT   12/06/1937 - 12/16/1939
Scott, Norman, CAPT RADM 12/16/1939 - 01/21/1942
Lowe, Frank Loper, CAPT VADM 01/21/1942 - 03/04/1943
Mullinix, Allen Prather, CAPT   05/19/1943 - 10/1943
Dees, Randall Euesta, CAPT   06/12/1943 - 10/1944
Suits, Willard John, CAPT   06/22/1945 - 02/1946
Ramsey, Donald James, CAPT RADM 02/1946 - 08/26/1946

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


USS PENSACOLA (CL/CA 24) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Ray V Snapp
Address: 3705 Heathwood Dr Tipp CIty, OH, 45371-9392
Phone: 937-339-3217
E-mail: None


Note About Contacts.

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