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USS NEW ORLEANS (CL/CA 32)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Bravo - Juliet

CLASS - NEW ORLEANS
Displacement 9,950 Tons, Dimensions, 588' 0" (oa) x 61' 9" x 22' 6" (Max)
Armament 9 x 8"/55, 8 x 5"/25, 8 x 0.5" 4 Aircraft.
Armor, 5" Belt, 8" Turrets, 2 1/4" Deck, 5" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 107,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 32.0 Knots, Crew 800.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down 14 MAR 1931 by the New York Navy Yard
Launched 12 APR 1933
Commissioned 15 FEB 1934
Decommissioned 10 FEB 1947
Stricken 01 MAR 1959
Fate: Sold for scrap 22 SEP 1959 to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, MD

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New Orleans
0403221
53k Undated starboard side view. John Ross
New Orleans
0403222
357k

Undated pre-war photo of USS New Orleans (CA 32).

George Winstead collection.

Robert M. Cieri
New Orleans
0403224
610k Undated pre-war photo of USS New Orleans (CA 32) passing under St. Johns bridge in Portland, Oregon. Robert M. Cieri
New Orleans
0403225
499k Undated pre-war photo of USS New Orleans (CA 32) passing through Burnside drawbridge in Portland, Oregon. Robert M. Cieri
New Orleans
0403223
124k

USS New Orleans (CA 32) In English waters, about June 1934. Photographed by Wright & Logan, Southsea, England. Donation of Captain Joseph Finnegan, USN (Retired), 1970.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - Photo #: NH 71787.

Robert M. Cieri
New Orleans
0403223
1.8m

Very large (1.80k.b) 1936 photo of Battleship Row, Pearl Harbor. Among the ships in the harbor are:
The two New Orleans (CA 32) class cruisers on the far left are the Minneapolis (CA 36) nearer the camera with New Orleans (CA 32) behind. Both have the curved-faced turrets, limiting them to the CA-32/34/36 group. Within that group, only New Orleans lacked the glassed-in navigation bridge (below the pilothouse), and minor superstructure variations point to the other being Minneapolis rather than Astoria(CA 34).
The battleships from left to right: Colorado (BB 45), or West Virginia (BB 48), outboard of Idaho (BB 42), Nevada (BB 36), outboard of Mississippi (BB 41), New Mexico (BB 40), outboard of Maryland (BB 46) or California (BB 44).
On the far right is the Hospital ship Relief (AH 1) with two unidentified ships ahead and to her port side.

Text courtesy of David Johnston, (USNR), Aryeh Wetherhorn (USNR) & Richard Jensen. Photo courtesy of Edward Cwalinski.

Barry Litchfield
New Orleans 109k Bow view while in Drydock at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 1936 (caption updated by Art Cappabianca). James McGrew
New Orleans 77k Starboard Bow view while in Drydock at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 1936. 1st Div is scrubbing down the Starboard bow section. 2nd Div crew is doing the port side (caption updated by Art Cappabianca). James McGrew
New Orleans 45k Starboard side view, 1937. James McGrew
New Orleans 81k Starboard bow view. WWII era image. Jerry Mason
New Orleans 39k USS New Orleans (CA 32) underway during exercises in Hawaiian waters, 8 July 1942.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives #80-G-10115.

National Archives
New Orleans 136k Seen here at Espiritu Santo in November, 1942. The USS Minneapolis (CA 36) is in the background USN
New Orleans
0403229
391k

Port bow view as she entered Tulagi harbor about 8 hours after being struck by a torpedo, 1 December 1942.

U.S. Navy photo from the collection of Fred Overman family.

Henry A. Wristen,
FTCS(DV) USN (Ret.)
New Orleans 102k Damage to the New Orleans with everything ahead of turret #2 missing after being hit by a single torpedo which exploded her forward magazines. USN
New Orleans 104k USS New Orleans (CA 32) camouflaged at Tulagi, Solomon Islands, some days after she was torpedoed during the Battle of Tassafaronga on 30 November 1942. Note that her stern is riding high, and that her forward end is low in the water. The torpedo and subsequent explosion had severed her bow between # 1 and # 2 eight-inch gun turrets.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives #80-G-216014.

National Archives
New Orleans 62k Seen here after the Battle of Tassafaronga. The PT boat in the foreground is carrying survivors from the USS Northampton (CA 26). USN
New Orleans 83k Patched up in Australia, she is heading home for a new bow and permanent repairs. In order to balance the ship, the barrels were removed from #2 turret and stored at the stern. USN
New Orleans
0403226
125k

"Composite photograph showing flat keel bent under at frame 31, second longitudinal cut at frame 31, third longitudinal cut at frame 34 1/2, wrecked oil tanks A-504-F and A-505-F, and wrecked bulkheads at frame 36."

National Archives, Seattle Branch, Record Group 181..

Tracy White
New Orleans
0403227
76k

"Showing starboard side forward below second deck, A-415-M side armor (note lamination), wrecked storeroom A-413-A, wrecked oil tank A-505-F, ballistic plate cut at frame 43."

National Archives, Seattle Branch, Record Group 181..

Tracy White
New Orleans
0403228
80k

"Showing wrecked oil tank A-506-F, side armor of A-416-M, wrecked storeroom A-414-A."

National Archives, Seattle Branch, Record Group 181.

Tracy White
New Orleans 60k

A replacement bow being built at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. From the Pictorial History of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

National Archives.

National Archives/Tracy White
New Orleans
0403202
161k This photo was taken after the bow was replaced in Bremerton, Washington, and the Searchlight Platform between the stacks was modified to install gun mounts, so it dates to after July 1943. Please compare that photo with the photo 80-G-10115, taken on 8 July 1942. The Searchlight Tower in changed, the Sky-forward deck and the bridge configuration was changed, and a 20MM mount was placed on the bow ahead of Turret I. This gun mount was the general quarters station for Henry Wenk, GM3 who was lost at sea during the raid on Hollandia. A friendly aircraft took off from one of the carriers, clipped the very top of the mast, crasher on the forward end of the bow, and took Henry Wenk with it. He was Lost-at-Sea. Caption updated by Henry A. Wristen, FTCS(DV) USN Ret. USN
New Orleans 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
New Orleans
0403231
158k USS New Orleans (CA 32) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 8 March 1945. The city of Vallejo is in the background. Note the ship's welded bow structure (forward of her second 8"/55 triple gun turret). This replaced her original riveted-construction bow, which as lost during the Battle of Tassafaronga at the end of November 1942. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives - Photo #: 19-N-80232.

USNHC
New Orleans
0403232
186k View of the ship's midships area, taken at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 8 March 1945. The city of Vallejo is in the background and the floating crane YD-98 is at left. Note the ship's radar antennas, gun directors, 5"/25 guns and smokestacks. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives - Photo #: 19-N-80233.

USNHC
New Orleans
0403233
191k View of the ship from amidships to the stern, taken at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 8 March 1945. The city of Vallejo is in the background, with Pacific Gas & Electric Company fuel storage tanks at right. The ship has had her port aircraft catapult and starboard crane removed. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship. Note: men lined up in the hangar and well deck, probably for a meal; rovisions stacked in crates on the after deck; "Classic Cleaners" delivery van and human activity on the pier.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives - Photo #: 19-N-80234.

USNHC
New Orleans 174k

Bow on view of USS New Orleans (CA 32) off Mare Island on 8 Mar 1945. She was in overhaul at the shipyard from 11 Jan until 21 Mar 1945.

U.S. Navy Photo #1723-45.

Darryl Baker
New Orleans 184k

Stern view of USS New Orleans (CA 32) departing Mare Island on 8 Mar 1945.

U.S. Navy Photo #1728-45.

Darryl Baker

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Reed, Allen Bevins, CAPT   02/15/1934 - 08/31/1935
Manley, Matthias Evans, CAPT   08/31/1935 - 01/25/1936
Earle, John Bayliss, CAPT   01/25/1936 - 07/25/1937
Beauregard, Augustin Toutant, CAPT RADM 07/25/1937 - 12/19/1938
Purnell, William Reynolds, CAPT RADM 12/19/1938 - 12/02/1939
Bumett, Henry Poynter, CDR   12/02/1939 - 12/09/1939
Gray, Augustine Heard, CAPT RADM 12/09/1939 - 08/10/1941
Atkins, James George, CDR RADM 08/10/1941 - 08/22/1941
Good, Howard Harrison, CAPT VADM 08/22/1941 - 06/18/1942
DeLany, Walter Stanley, CAPT VADM 06/18/1942 - 11/02/1942
Roper, Clifford Harris, CAPT   11/02/1942 - 04/14/1943
Davis, Ralph Otis, CAPT RADM 04/14/1943 - 07/04/1943
Shumaker, Samuel Robert, CAPT   07/04/1943 - 05/19/1944
Kane, John Dandridge Henley, CAPT   05/19/1944 - 06/08/1944
Hurff, Jack Ellett, CAPT RADM 06/08/1944 - 08/06/1945
Erck, Charles Frederick, CAPT   08/06/1945 - 06/05/1946
Norris Jr., Charles Rutter, CDR   06/05/1946 - 06/21/1946
Yarnall, William King, LCDR   06/21/1946 - 02/10/1947

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


USS NEW ORLEANS (CL/CA 32) History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Edward Sowman
Address: 936 Santiago Ave Long Beach, CA, 90804-4403
Phone: 562-597-4558
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.


Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.
Pearl Harbor Attack - USS New Orleans Action Report from the Naval Historical Center.

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