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USS AUGUSTA (CL/CA 31)


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

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 02 JUL 1928 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co, Newport News, VA
Launched 01 FEB 1930
Commissioned 30 JAN 1931
Decommissioned 16 JUL 1946
Stricken 01 MAR 1959
Fate: Sold for scrap 09 NOV 1959 to Robert Benjamin of Panama City, FL

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Augusta 68k

USS Augusta anchored off Jolo, in the Philippines, 16 March 1940. Note her accommodation ladder, which faces forward; she was the only ship of the Northampton class that had this feature. (Caption updated by Robert Hurst)

National Archives photo #80-CF-21338-10

USN
Augusta 28k undated, pre war. USN
Augusta 78k Nice detail, Undated pre war. USN
Augusta 135k (Poor) Pre war image. USN
Augusta
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80 Undated pre-war photo. Robert M. Cieri
Augusta 104k

Off Honolulu, Oahu, on 31 July 1933. Diamond Head is in the distance.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-466398.

Scott Dyben
Augusta
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213k

Oct. 20-26, 1934: U.S. Asiatic Fleet flagship USS Augusta in Farm Cove, Sydney.

Collection of Graeme Andrews from Kookaburra2011's photostream on Flickr.

Kim Dunstan, RAN (Ret.)
Augusta 193k Seen here in Sydney Harbor in 1934. R.Swanson
Augusta 68k USS Augusta (CA 31) in the Dewey Drydock, at Olongapo Naval Station, Philippine Islands, 29 January 1936.

Photograph from Department of the Navy collections in the U.S. National Archives #NH 78379.

National Archives
Augusta
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253k Cover of Flag menu from the late 30's (dated 11 May). Robert M. Cieri
Augusta
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235k Page 1of Flag menu from the late 30's (dated 11 May). Robert M. Cieri
Augusta
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277k Page 2 of Flag menu from the late 30's (dated 11 May). Robert M. Cieri
Augusta
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232k Page 3of Flag menu from the late 30's (dated 11 May). Robert M. Cieri
Augusta 90k USS Augusta (CA 31) anchored off Pootung Point, Shanghai, China, during Sino-Japanese hostilities, circa August 1937. Fires from combat action are burning ashore, beyond the ship.

Courtesy of Captain P. Henry, Jr., USN (Retired), 1973.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 78379.

USNHC
Augusta
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344k USS Augusta anchored in the Wangpoo river, June 1938. From the collection of LCDR Rayborn M. Hall USN. Nancy Hall Anderson
Augusta
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102k

USS Augusta leaving Manila, November 1940, after turning over the flag to USS Houston. She is trailing a 150' Homeward Bound pennant. In the background one of several Scandinavian merchant vessels then being held in Manila Bay after the German invasion. From the Otto Schwarz Collection

Don Kehn, Jr.
Augusta 102k USS Long Island (AVG-1) (upper center) underway in company with USS Augusta (CA-31), in left front, off Cape Sable, Nova Scotia, in August 1941. Augusta had President Franklin D. Roosevelt embarked to witness Long Island's operations. Among the other ships present are USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37), partially visible at far right, and USS Meredith (DD-434), steaming astern of Long Island.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives # 80-G-13074.

National Archives
Augusta 76k Undated, war time image. Note cage masts have been cut down and SG search radar has been added, USN
Augusta 66k USS Augusta (CA 31) At anchor in Bermuda waters, September 1941, while serving as flagship of the Atlantic Fleet.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 57463.

USNHC
Augusta 98k USS Augusta (CA 31) Underway in the Atlantic, 18 April 1942. Note her interesting camouflage scheme.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-20288).

National Archives
Augusta 50k Port side view, 1943. Robert Hirst
Augusta 79k

USS Augusta (CA 31) off Normandy, 6 June 1944, while boats from Anne Arundel (AP-76) head for the beaches. A censor has retouched Augusta's radars, as well as certain items of equipment that appear to have been mounted in the landing boats. (Caption updated by Robert Hurst)

National Archives photo #80-G-45720

USN
Augusta
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211 USS Augusta at Utah Beach taken from LCT 510 by LTjg. O.C. Yokum, USNR, OIC Don Endecott for O.C. Yocom, USNR LCT-510
Augusta 146k USS Augusta (CA 31) steaming off Portland, Maine, on 9 May 1945. Photographed from a Utility Squadron 15 (VJ-15) aircraft.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97932.

USNHC
Augusta 55k

USS Augusta (CA 31) underway on 7-15 July 1945, as she was transporting President Harry S. Truman to Europe, where he participated in the Potsdam conference.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-603322.

Scott Dyben
Augusta 115k President Harry S. Truman (center) is piped ashore from USS Augusta (CA 31) after arrival at Antwerp, Belgium, en route to the Potsdam conference, 15 July 1945. Note midships details of this cruiser, including embarkation ladder davit, catapult and heavy side plate riveting. Men are watching from portholes in the catapult tower.

Photograph from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives #SC 209166.

National Archives
Augusta 76k USS Augusta (CA 31) British "White Ensign" and the U.S. Flag flying from the ship's mainmast, while King George VI was visiting President Harry S. Truman on board the ship at Plymouth, England, 2 August 1945.
President Truman was then en route home from the Potsdam Conference. View looks aft from the forward superstructure, showing the cruiser's aircraft crane, mainmast, searchlights and after smokestack.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives #80-G-K-14543.

National Archives
Augusta 188k USS Augusta in New York Harbor, Navy Day, October 27, 1945. Steven A. Cardali
Augusta 195k USS Augusta in New York Harbor, Navy Day, October 27, 1945. Steven A. Cardali
Augusta 107k Photo taken at Kearney, New Jersey on the Hackensack River in 1960 shortly after being stricken from the Navy list and awaiting her turn at the scrapper's torch. Kearney was infamous as a scrapping yard in the 60's as the Enterprise (CV 6), Antietam (CV 36), Essex (CV 9), Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV 42), Washington (BB 56), Alaska (CB 1) and others met their end at this location. What the Axis powers tried and couldn't do was accomplished here. USN

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Richardson, James Otto, CAPT ADM 01/30/1931 - 05/1933
Ingersoll, Royal Eason, CAPT ADM 05/1933 - 10/16/1933
Nimitz, Chester William, CAPT FADM 10/16/1933 - 04/12/1935
Gygax, Felix Xerxes, CAPT RADM 04/12/1935 - 05/1937
McKittrick, Harold V., CAPT   ~1937 - 03/07/1939
Magruder Jr., John Holmes, CAPT COMO 03/07/1939 - 05/31/1941
Wright, Carleton H., CAPT RADM 05/31/1941 -
Hutchins, Gordon, CAPT   ~1942
Shelley, Tully, CAPT   01/06/1944 -
Jones, Edward H., CAPT   01/21/1944 - 01/1945
Harper, Bryan C., CAPT   01/1945 - 1945
Foskett, James H., CAPT VADM 1945 - 08/27/1945
Wallace, Jesse R., CAPT   08/27/1945 - 04/1946
Crist, Harold Frank, CDR   04/1946 - 07/14/1946

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


USS AUGUSTA (CL/CA 31) History
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