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USS CHESTER (CL/CA 27)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Foxtrot - Victor

CLASS - NORTHAMPTON
Displacement 9,300 Tons, Dimensions, 600' 3" (oa) x 66' 1" x 23' (Max)
Armament 9 x 8"/55, 4 x 5"/25, 6 x 21" tt. 4 Aircraft.
Armor, 3 3/4" Belt, 2 1/2 Turrets, 1" Deck, 1 1/4 Conning Tower.
Machinery, 107,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 32.7 Knots, Crew 621.
Operational and Building Data
Launched 03 JUL 1929 by New York Shipbuilding Co., Camden, NJ
Commissioned 24 JUN 1930
Reclassified CA 27 01 JUL 1931
Decommissioned 10 JUN 1946
Stricken 01 MAR 1959
Fate: Sold for scrap AUG 1959

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By And/Or Copyright
Chester
0402703
65k Undated, Pre War Image. Jesse P. Mannix
Chester
0402705
54k Undated, Pre-war, starboard side view. USN - Contributed by Ginny LaBell
Chester
0402732
116k

Undated starboard side photo.

Robert M. Cieri
Chester
0402701
25k Undated, late war image. USN
Chester
0402735
46k

Starboard side view while at anchor, pre-WWII, location unknown.

U.S. Navy photo.

David Buell
Chester
0402710
87k

USS Chester (CA 27) Running trials, in 1930.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 55113.

USNHC / Fred Weiss
Chester
0402762
820k At anchor in Naples, Italy during her shakedown cruise in 1930. Will Seippel
Chester
0402714
79k

USS Chester (CL 27) At anchor in Hampton Roads, Virginia, November 1930. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 64643.

USNHC
Chester
0402726
91k Starboard overhear view, July 1931. Frank Dengler
Chester
0402717
126k

USS Chester (CA 27), at left with other ships of Cruiser Division FOUR, in Panama Bay on 21 April 1934, at about the time of Fleet Problem XV. Ships in column behind Chester are USS Salt Lake City (CA 25), USS Pensacola (CA 24) and the Division flagship, USS Northampton (CA 26) Photographed from a U.S. Army Air Corps aircraft.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 93543.

USNHC
Chester
0402728
156k Postal Cover - Crossing The Line at 00° 00' by 81° 13'W, 20 MAY 1936. Robert M. Cieri
Chester
0402729
183k Postal Cover - Valparaiso, Chile, 31 MAY 1936 Robert M. Cieri
Chester
0402713
186k Port quarter view while steaming in the Willamette River, Portland, Oregon, August 1936. Walter Nasmyth LST-19
Chester
0402731
178k Postal Cover - Navy Day, 27 OCT 1936.. Robert M. Cieri
Chester
0402718
108k President Franklin D. Roosevelt's South American Goodwill Cruise, 1936

USS Chester (CA 27) approaches the pier at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, while preparing to dock, 27 November 1936. At right, already tied up, is USS Indianapolis (CA 35), which was carrying President Roosevelt. Note the crowds awaiting the President, who was making his first stop during the "Good Neighbor" cruise. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, collection of Rear Admiral Paul H. Bastedo, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 68102.

USNHC
Chester
0402727
158k First Day Cover - 1938 Fleet Maneuvers, 1 APR 1938. Robert M. Cieri
Chester
0402706
54k Coast and Geodetic Survey Ships Guide (ex-Flamingo (AM 32)) and Discoverer (ex-Auk (AM 38)). Taking on fuel from USS Chester (CA 27) at Dutch Harbor, Unalaska Island, Alaska, 4 July 1939. NOAA Photo Library
Chester
0402719
107k Marshalls Islands Raid, 1 February 1942

Lieutenant Wilson R. Bartlett, Senior Aviator of USS Chester (CA 27), walks forward on the cruiser's well deck to make his report, after returning from a flight spotting gunfire for the ship's bombardment of Taroa Island, Maloelap Atoll. In the background is damage from the bomb hit sustained during a Japanese air attack at 0820 hrs. Also visible are the port wingtips of one of a SOC "Seagull" aircraft, with the open hangar beyond. The ship's port catapult "silo" is at right, dented by the bomb's blast. Note the pilot's uniform, "Mae West" life vest, binoculars and plotting board.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph NH 50945.

USNHC
Chester
0402751
71k

Photos of bomb damage received on 1 February 1941 after the raid on Taroa. Retiring under heavy air attack she received a bomb hit in the well deck which killed eight and injured 38.

Photo Caption "Looking aft on the main deck. Note that most of fragment holes in intake trunk are at a low level."

NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence Files, 1941-45, USS Chester Damage Report

Tracy White
Chester
0402752
75k

Photos of bomb damage received on 1 February 1941 after the raid on Taroa. Retiring under heavy air attack she received a bomb hit in the well deck which killed eight and injured 38.

Photo Caption "Close-up of air intake to after engine room, showing fragment damage. Screens were blown away and have been replaced. Note holes in the edges of the hangar doors. Holes behind the ladder are plugged with wood."

NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence Files, 1941-45, USS Chester Damage Report

Tracy White
Chester
0402753
68k

Photos of bomb damage received on 1 February 1941 after the raid on Taroa. Retiring under heavy air attack she received a bomb hit in the well deck which killed eight and injured 38.

Photo Caption "No. 2 boiler room blower intake trunk, frame 65, looking forward and to starboard. A few fragments hit the stack, and a hole can be seen in the pontoon overhead. The 7-1/2 lb. plating of the trunk was dished in 3 inches. The umbrella plating was blown loose, and was removed before this picture was taken."

NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence Files, 1941-45, USS Chester Damage Report

Tracy White
Chester
0402754
82k

Photo Caption "U.S.S. CHESTER
February, 1942.
Hit by 134 lb. bomb on main deck at frame 68 port. Time of hit 0820 Zone -12.

View from Signal Bridge looking aft 44 ft. above and 60 ft. forward of hit.
Time of photograph about 20 minutes after hit.
Fire has been extinguished but no repair work has been done. "

NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence Files, 1941-45, USS Chester Damage Report

Tracy White
Chester
0402755
85k Photo Caption "U.S.S. CHESTER
February, 1942.
Hit by 134 lb. bomb on main deck at frame 68 port. Time of hit 0820 Zone -12.

View from 4 ft above main deck looking 270 relative.
Time of photograph about 40 minutes after hit.
No structural repairs have been completed.
Men in foreground are reeving a new whip to the airplane crane. "

NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence Files, 1941-45, USS Chester Damage Report

Tracy White
Chester
0402756
92k Photo Caption "U.S.S. CHESTER
February, 1942.
Hit by 134 lb. bomb on main deck at frame 68 port. Time of hit 0820 Zone -12.

View from 4 ft above main deck looking 225 relative. Time of photograph about 1 hour after hit.
Wood deck has been partially cut away preparatory to welding patch over hole. "

NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence Files, 1941-45, USS Chester Damage Report

Tracy White
Chester
0402757
94k "U.S.S. CHESTER
February, 1942.
Hit by 134 lb. bomb on main deck at frame 68 port. Time of hit 0820 Zone -12.

View from 4 ft. above main deck looking 315 relative. Time of photograph about one hour after hit.
Wood deck has been partially cut away preparatory to welding patch over hole."

NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence Files, 1941-45, USS Chester Damage Report

Tracy White
Chester
0402759
309k

20 MM guns port & starboard on communication platform, navigating bridge and machine gun platform - looking aft from bow - 26 February 1942.

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

Tracy White
Chester
0402760
180k

20 MM Installation: looking forward from frame 143 on main deck. Note guns on main mast on hood over searchlight control and on searchlight platform - 26 February 1942.

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

Tracy White
Chester
0402736
135k

Plan view, Starboard. Side, looking foward, showing alterations while at Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 6 August 1942.

U.S. Navy Photo

Pieter Bakels
Chester
0402737
96k

Plan view, amidships, showing alterations while at Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 6 August 1942.

U.S. Navy photo #4597-42

Pieter Bakels
Chester
0402738
131k Plan view, looking aft, showing alterations while at Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 6 August 1942. Pieter Bakels
Chester
0402739
148k

Plan view aft showing alterations while at Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 6 August 1942.

U.S. Navy photo #4600-42

Pieter Bakels
Chester
0402740
96k

Plan view amidships, looking forward showing alterations while at Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 6 August 1942.

U.S. Navy photo 4559-42

Pieter Bakels
Chester
0402715
79k

USS Chester (CA 27) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, following overhaul, 6 August 1942.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-32461.

National Archives
Chester
0402758
181k

Port bow view, taken 6 August 1942 off Mare Island Navy Yard, CA.

USN Photo.

David Buell
Chester
0402730
64k Postcard of Chester dated 21 SEP 1942. Robert M. Cieri
Chester
0402733
62k USS Chester (CA 27) underway on 20 July 1943 location unknown. Robert Hurst
Chester
0402741
113k

Chester as refitted at Mare Island on 16 September 1943 shows her new open bridge without bridge wings to interfere with the sky arcs of the quad.40mm mounted at the 01 level.

U.S. Navy photo #6882-43

Pieter Bakels
Chester
0402742
182k

Chester as refitted at Mare Island on 16 September 1943 - The former Main Battery Rangefinder has been eliminated in favour of additional 20mm's and all her radars are visible-SG,SK,MK3 & MK4.

U.S. Navy Photo

Pieter Bakels
Chester
0402743
145k

Chester as refitted at Mare Island on 16 September 1943 - Notable is the sharp reduction in searchlights as compared to 1942, indicating battle experience in the Solomons - they were a hazard in night actions.

U.S. Navy Photo

Pieter Bakels
Chester
0402744
155k

Chester as refitted at Mare Island on 16 September 1943 - Plan view aft. Note the numerous floats and floater nets, a consequence of the lessons of the disastrous Solomons cruiser-destroyer night actions.

U.S. Navy Photo

Pieter Bakels
Chester
0402745
160k

Chester as refitted at Mare Island on 16 September 1943 - Plan view aft, looking Forward.

U.S. Navy Photo

Pieter Bakels
Chester
0402709
87k

Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, after torpedo damage repairs and overhaul, 2 October 1943.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-54656.

National Archives / Edward H. Cleary
Chester
0402722
180k

Broadside view of the USS Chester (CA 27) off Mare Island on 2 Oct 1943. She was in overhaul at the shipyard from 15 Sept until 2 Oct 1943.

U.S. Navy Photo #6879-43

Darryl Baker
Chester
0402721
115k

Stern view of the USS Chester (CA 27) off Mare Island on 2 Oct 1943.

U.S. Navy Photo #6877-43.

Darryl Baker
Chester
0402761
1mb

Port quarter view while off Hunter's Point, 12 June 1944 after undergoing repairs.

U.S. Navy photo #1204-44-S8

David Buell
Chester
0402734
66k USS Chester at anchor mid-1944 location unknown, but probably Adak, Alaska.

Robert Hurst

 

Chester
0402723
214k

Amidships looking aft plan view of USS Chester (CA 27) at Mare Island on 25 April 1945. She was under going inclining experiment in dry dock #3. She was in dock from 19 mar until 27 Apr 1945. She was in overhaul at the shipyard from 10 Mar until 16 May 1945.

U.S. Navy Photo #2925-45

Darryl Baker
Chester
0402724
328k

Amidships plan view of USS Chester (CA 27) at Mare Island on 25 April 1945. She was under going inclining experiment in dry dock #3.

U.S. Navy Photo #2928-45

Darryl Baker
Chester
0402704
270k

13 May 1945 photo taken at Mare Island Navy Yard after refit. #1 turret has lost its rangefinder, her starboard catapult is removed. Her foremast has been shortened and a lattice main mast installed along with a quad 40mm gun ahead of #1 turret to take care of planes crossing and approaching the front of the ship. All of the items were removed due to the overweight/stability problems suffered by prewar(esp.) ships towards the end of the war.

U.S. Navy Photo

Pieter Bakels
Chester
0402746
135k

13 May 1945 photo taken at Mare Island Navy Yard after refit. A ventilator replaced the Starboard.Catapult. Note the NANCY IR Beacons at the Foretop below the SG and the MK-13 Fire Control Radar that replaced MK-8 atop her MK-34 Director.

U.S. Navy Photo

Pieter Bakels
Chester
0402747
129k

13 May 1945 photo taken at Mare Island Navy Yard after refit. New Main Mast with SP Fighter Control radar and ECM outfit - a TDY jammer on a topmast, DBM radar direction finders below it, intercept antennas and an S-Band jammer in a large radome.

U.S. Navy Photo

Pieter Bakels
Chester
0402748
169k

13 May 1945 photo taken at Mare Island Navy Yard after refit. Note two Twin 40's, Main Battery Director MK-34, a deck-edge TDY S-Band jamming system in a radome and Mk-28 in front of the Mk-33 Director.

U.S. Navy Photo

Pieter Bakels
Chester
0402749
112k

16 May 1945 photo taken at Mare Island Navy Yard after refit with new Fore Mast antenna equipment. Note the MK-34 radar antenna of GFCS MK-63 atop the MK-2 Quad.40mm.

U.S. Navy Photo #3624-45

Pieter Bakels
Chester
0402750
98k

16 May 1945 photo taken at Mare Island Navy Yard after refit. Note the lattice work platform built out of it and intended to carry a magnetic compass clear of the ship's steel. SP,IFF and TBS tactical radio.

U.S. Navy Photo

Pieter Bakels
Chester
0402725

185k

 

Bow on view of USS Chester (CA 27) departing Mare Island on 16 May 1945.

U.S. Navy Photo #3608-45

Darryl Baker
Chester
0402707
114k

At San Francisco, California, following overhaul, circa late May 1944. Circled numbers mark indicate recent alterations to the ship.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-73474.

National Archives / Edward H. Cleary
Chester
0402708
64k

Off San Francisco, California, following overhaul, circa late May 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 32, Design 9d.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-73468.

National Archives / Edward H. Cleary
Chester
0402716
63k

USS Chester (CA 27) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 16 May 1945, following her last wartime overhaul.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-84007.

National Archives
Chester
0402702
58k Seen here off Okinawa, May 1945. USN
Chester
0402720
73k

USS Chester (CA 27) Being towed away from the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, on her way to be scrapped, circa 1959.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 85179-KN.

USNHC

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Fairfield, Arthur P., CAPT RADM 06/24/1930 - 06/14/1932
Metcalf, Martin Kellog, CAPT   06/14/1932 - 1934
Abbett, Harry Jefferson, CAPT   06/12/1935 - 07/06/1936
Allen, Ezra Griffen, CAPT   07/06/1936 - 07/01/1938
Kilpatrick, Walter Kenneth, CAPT   07/01/1938 -
Tisdale, Mahlon Street, CAPT VADM 04/10/1940
Shock, Thomas Macy, CAPT   04/21/1941
Hartt Jr., William Handy, CAPT RADM 02/09/1943
Jewett Jr., Garry William, LCDR   05/20/1943
Spellman, Francis Thomas, CAPT   07/12/1943 - 07/16/1944
Hartley, Henry, CAPT RADM 07/16/1944 - 1945
Abercrombie, Laurence Allen, CAPT   08/07/1945
Sunderland, Morton, CDR   01/1946 - 06/10/1946

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


USS CHESTER (CL/CA 27) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Frank Dengler
Address: 2241 Historic Decatur Rd, #75, San Diego, CA 92106
Phone: 619-818-9256
E-mail: frank.dengler.ctr@navy.mil
Date: 1 - 5 Septemberr 2010
Location: Kansas City, MO
Reunion POC: Clyde Johnson
Address: 2701 Ave. I, Hondo, TX 78861
Phone: 830-426-2066
E-mail: elstonebud@sbcglobal.com


Note About Contacts.

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