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USS LOUISVILLE (CL/CA 28)


     
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - India - Foxtrot - Tango

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
Keel laid on 04 JUL 1928 by the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA
Launched 01 SEP 1930
Commissioned 15 JAN 1931
Reclassified CA 28 01 JUL 1931
Decommissioned 17 JUN 1946
Stricken 01 MAR 1959
Fate: Sold for scrap on 14 September, to the Marlene Blouse Corp. of New York

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Combat Action Ribbon - Navy China Service Medal - American Defense Service Medal w/Fleet Clasp
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (13) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy World War II Occupation Medal w/ASIA Clasp - Philippine Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal


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Louisville
0402855
421k

The Christening and "Launching" of USS Louisville on 01 September 1930. All ships built at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard were constructed in drydock, not on a shipway as in other shipyards. The "Launching" of a ship was just the flooding of the drydock.

Dale Hargrave
Louisville 83k Undated, Pre War image. USN
Louisville 83k

USS Louisville (CA 28) Photographed during the early 1930s.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 51903.

USNHC / Edward Cleary
Louisville 98k

USS Louisville (CA 28) steams past Battery Park, at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, New York City, in 1934

. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 51905.

USHNC / Edward Cleary
Louisville 113k USS Louisville (CA 28)

"Vanguard of Fleet Honors War Dead.".
"Veterans and sons of veterans stand at attention at Grant's Tomb as the U.S.S. Louisville fires a salute." (quoted from the original photo caption).
These Memorial Day ceremonies took place in New York City, 31 May 1934.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 684.

USNHC
Louisville
0402854
141k

Starboard side view while underway circa 1940 - 1941, taken from the USS Wasp (CV 7).

Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 92972

John Spivey
Louisville
0402831
128k Plan view forward, painted in Measure 21, Navy Blue with Deck Blue on all vertical surfaces. She retains her large bridge wings. Mare Island,CA 26 May 1942. Note the light cruiser USS Helena (CL 50) fitting out at the next pier. Pieter Bakels
Louisville
0402832
161k Plan view amidships, showing Mk.4 radar atop her 5-Inch Director, her added Oerlikons and 1.1-Inch & Director. 26 May 1942. Pieter Bakels
Louisville
0402833
146k Plan view aft showing her added 1.1-Inch and directors. 26 May 1942. Pieter Bakels
Louisville
0402834
118k View aft. Mare Island,CA 26 May 1942. Note the light cruiser USS Helena (CL 50) fitting out at the next pier. Pieter Bakels
Louisville
0402835
141k Plan view of bow showing alterations while at Mare Island. Pieter Bakels
Louisville
0402836
150k Plan view amidships, looking aft showing alterations. Note that a Mk.51 has replaced the original 1.1-Inch director. Pieter Bakels
Louisville
0402837
163k Plan view amidships, looking forwards. Mare Island,CA. Pieter Bakels
Louisville
0402838
168k Plan view, showing alterations, looking aft. Mare Island,CA. Pieter Bakels
Louisville 28k

USS Louisville (CA 28) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 26 May 1942.

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

National Archives
Louisville
0402839
220k

Starboard quarter aerial view while under way, location unknown, 29 November 1942.

U.S. Navy photo.

David Buell
Louisville 56k

USS Louisville (CA 28) operating in the Bering Sea during May 1943. She is followed by USS San Francisco (CA 38)

. Collection of Vice Admiral Robert C. Giffen.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 94642.

USNHC / Edward Cleary
Louisville 76k

USS Louisville (CA 28) steams out of Kulak Bay, Adak, Aleutian Islands, bound for operations against Attu, 25 April 1943. The photograph looks toward Sweepers Cove.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-72060.

National Archives / Scott Dyben
Louisville 222k

Forward plan view of USS Louisville (CA 28) at Mare Island on 17 Dec 1943. Louisville was in overhaul at Mare Island from 8 Oct until 24 Dec 1943. The stern of USS Chincoteague (AVP 24) and the bow of the USS Ballard (AVD 10) can be seen above Louisville.

Mare Island Navy Yard Photo #8320-43.

Darryl Baker
Louisville 255k

Aft plan view of USS Louisville (CA 28) at Mare Island on 17 Dec 1943. Louisville was in overhaul at Mare Island from 8 Oct until 24 Dec 1943. The USS Chincoteague (AVP 24) ahead of USS Ballard (AVD 10) can be seen to the right of Louisville.

Mare Island Navy Yard Photo #8321-43.

Darryl Baker
Louisville 147k

Stern view of USS Louisville (CA 28) off Mare Island on 17 Dec 1943. Louisville was in overhaul at Mare Island from 8 Oct until 24 Dec 1943.

Mare Island Navy Yard Photo #8344-43.

Darryl Baker
Louisville 159k

Bow on view of USS Louisville (CA 28) off Mare Island on 17 Dec 1943. Louisville was in overhaul at Mare Island from 8 Oct until 24 Dec 1943.

Mare Island Navy Yard Photo #8345-43.

Darryl Baker
Louisville 173k

Broadside view of USS Louisville (CA 28) off Mare Island on 17 Dec 1943. Louisville was in overhaul at Mare Island from 8 Oct until 24 Dec 1943.

Mare Island Navy Yard Photo #8348-43.

Darryl Baker
Louisville 64k

USS Louisville (CA 28) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 17 December 1943. Her camouflage scheme is probably Measure 32, Design 6d.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-57222.

National Archives / Edward Cleary
Louisville
0402830
72k

The photo is Official USN, taken by VJ (Utility) Squadron 7, photo number 6141, dated 30 December 1943.
It is listed as a Bureau of Aeronautics photograph. Note the censor notes at the bottom of the photo to delete ships number, paravane downhaul chains and flag. This photo was taken right after her late 1943 refit at Mare Island.

Official USN Photo #6141.

David Buell
Louisville
0402852
143k

Louisville and USS Tennessee (BB 43) bombarding Roi in late January 1944 as seen from USS Hughes.

Photo by Chester Bradley.

John Chiquoine
Louisville 178k

Photo of USS Louisville (CA 28) firing a bombardment in the fog.

Mare Island Navy Yard Photo #3173-44.

Darryl Baker
Louisville
0402840
38k

View from the aircraft hangar, where heavy seas have battered through the hanger doors.

Mare Island Navy Yard Photo #3174-44.

Tracy White
Louisville 203k

Photo of USS Louisville (CA 28) firing an its main battery.

Mare Island Navy Yard Photo #3176-44.

Darryl Baker
Louisville 216k

5" gun firing aboard the USS Louisville (CA 28).

Mare Island Navy Yard Photo #3178-44.

Darryl Baker
Louisville 184k

USS Louisville (CA 28) in rough weather possibly in the Aleutian Islands in 1943.

Mare Island Navy Yard Photo #3179-44.

Darryl Baker
Louisville 202k

USS Louisville (CA 28) in rough weather possibly in the Aleutian Islands in 1943.

Mare Island Navy Yard Photo #3180-44.

Darryl Baker
Louisville
0402848
585k Portside aerial view dated 1 January 1944, taken by an airship from Squadron ZP-31. David Buell
Louisville 91k

USS Louisville (CA 28) is hit by a Kamikaze in Lingayen Gulf, Philippine Islands, 6 January 1945. Photographed from USS Salamaua (CVE 96).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-363217.

National Archives / Scott Dyben
Louisville
0402842
335k

January 1945 photo of the interior of 8" turret #2 showing damage from kamakazie hit taken on 6 January 1945. The damage to this turret was caused by the impact of a bomb-carrying kamikaze on the top; the bomb exploded on the top of the turret, which deflected the kamikaze upwards and into the superstructure behind.

NARA San Francisco, Mare Island Ship Files #1328-45.

Tracy White
Louisville 77k

USS Louisville (CA 28) arrives off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, on 6 February 1945 to receive repairs for damage inflicted by two Kamikazes a month earlier. The photograph is annotated with details about the suicide plane crashes and the damage inflicted. The ship's camouflage scheme is probably Measure 32, Design 6d.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #80-G-363217.

USNHC / Edward Cleary
Louisville
0402841
304k

6 February 1945 photo of starboard side forward superstructure showing location and damage from 2 kamakazie hits taken on 6 January 1945.

NARA San Francisco, Mare Island Ship Files #893-45.

Tracy White
Louisville
0402843
136k

Port side photo showing path of Kamikaze #1 and fire damage from Kamikaze #2. Photo taken on 06 Feb 1945 at Mare Island.

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

Tracy White
Louisville
0402844
146k

View looking aft at Turret #2 and superstructure showing path of Kamikaze #1 along with the damage caused by bomb detonation and impace to plane. Note the Propeller imbedded in 5" Gun Director. Photo taken on 07 Feb 1945 at Mare Island.

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

Tracy White
Louisville
0402845
224k

View of Turret 2 interior showing damage sustained by impact of Kamikaze #1 and detonation of bomb it was carying. Photo taken on 07 Feb 1945 while at Mare Island for repairs.

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

Tracy White
Louisville
0402846
177k

Damage to Signal Bridge and forward Stack from impact of Kamikaze #2. Photo taken on 07 Feb 1945 at Mare Island.

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

Tracy White
Louisville
0402847
166k

Damage to starboard side of Signal Bridge from impact ot Kamikaze #2. Photo taken on 09 Feb 1945 at Mare Island.

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

Tracy White
Louisville 359k

Aft plan view of USS Louisville (CA 28) at Mare Island in dry dock #2 for an inclining experiment on 25 March 1945. She was not landed on the dry dock blocks during this period. She was in overhaul at the yard from 6 Feb until 13 April 1945.

Mare Island Navy Yard Photo #2182-45.

Darryl Baker
Louisville 65k

USS Louisville (CA 28) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 7 April 1945.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-83896.

National Archives / Edward Cleary
Louisville 344k

Stern view of USS Louisville (CA 28) off Mare Island on 7 April 1945.

Mare Island Navy Yard Photo #2488-45.

Darryl Baker
Louisville 276k

Bow on view of USS Louisville (CA 28) departing Mare Island on 7 April 1945.

Mare Island Navy Yard Photo #2489-45.

Darryl Baker
Louisville 350k

Aft plan view of USS Louisville (CA 28) at Mare Island on 10 April 1945.

Mare Island Navy Yard Photo #2538-45.

Darryl Baker
Louisville
0402849
55k

Ship's bell, currently located in Louisville, KY.

Photo taken by LS1(AW) Kimberly Kelly.

Tony Trotta
Louisville
0402850
65k

Ship's bell, currently located in Louisville, KY.

Photo taken by LS1(AW) Kimberly Kelly.

Tony Trotta
Louisville
0402851
43k

Ship's bell, currently located in Louisville, KY.

Photo taken by LS1(AW) Kimberly Kelly.

Tony Trotta
Louisville
0402853
  This is a link to a document on the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory website concerning a Gun Turret in the Yucca Flats valley area of the Nevada Nuclear Security Site which is believed to have come from the Louisville. Tony Trotta

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Marquart, Edward J., CAPT 1902 RADM 01/15/1931 - 12/04/1932
Canaga, Bruce Livingston, CAPT 1908   10/04/1932 - 04/09/1934
Stewart, George Vanderburgh, CAPT 1905   04/09/1934 - 11/09/1935
Farber, William Sims, CAPT 1907 VADM 11/09/1935 - 05/08/1937
Mathewson, Rufus Wellington, CAPT 1907 1907

05/08/1937 - 10/29/1938

Leighton, Frank Thompson, CAPT 1907 RADM 10/29/1938 - 12/12/1940
Nelson, Harold Joachim, CDR 1914 12/12/1940 - 02/01/1941
Nixon, Elliott Bodley, CAPT 1911   02/01/1941 - 09/09/1942
Joy, Charles Turner, CAPT 1916 VADM 09/09/1942 - 06/24/1943
Wotherspoon, Alexander Somerville, CAPT 1915 RADM 06/24/1943 - 01/05/1944
Hurt, Samuel Hansford, CAPT 1918 RADM 01/05/1944 - 12/15/1944
Hicks, Rex LeGrande, CAPT 1919   12/15/1944 - 10/19/1945
Beattie, Thomas Tyler, CAPT 1922   10/19/1945 - 04/10/1946
McCarthy, William Penn, CDR (XO acting)
  04/10/1946 - 06/17/1946

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


USS LOUISVILLE (CL/CA 28) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Glenn Garnhart
Address: PO Box 152 Stillman Valley, IL, 61084-0152
Phone: 815-645-2426
E-mail: None


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


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