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USS PORTLAND (CA 33)


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

CLASS - PORTLAND
Displacement 9,950 Tons, Dimensions, 610' 3" (oa) x 66' 1" x 24' (Max)
Armament 9 x 8"/55, 8 x 5"/25, 8 x 0.5" 4 Aircraft.
Armor, 5" Belt, 2 1/2 Turrets, 2 1/2" 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 17 FEB 1930 by the Bethlehem Steel Co., Shipbuilding Div., Quincy, MA
Launched 21 MAY 1932
Commissioned 23 FEB 1933
Decommissioned 12 JUL 1946
Stricken 01 MAR 1959
Fate: Sold for scrap 06 OCT 1959 to Union Mineral and Alloys Corp., New York, NY

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Portland 68k Undated Pre War Image. Jesse P. Mannix

Portland
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575k Undated pre-war photo of USS Portland (CA 33) passing under St. Johns bridge in Portland, Oregon.

Photo by Cross & Dimmitt.

Robert M. Cieri
Portland
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264k Undated pre-war photo of USS Portland (CA 33). Robert M. Cieri
Portland
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309k Undated pre-war photo of USS Portland (CA 33). Robert M. Cieri
Portland
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67k Port bow view while at anchor, date and location unknown. Note the laundry drying on the lifelines. David Buell
Portland
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Boston Navy Yard, December 1932, prior to commissioning (note the snow on the ground).

From the Leslie Jones Collection at the Boston Public Library.

Michael Mohl
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Boston Navy Yard, December 1932, prior to commissioning (note the snow on the ground).

From the Leslie Jones Collection at the Boston Public Library.

Michael Mohl
Portland
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At the Puget Sound Navy Yard during refit, circa September-October 1933. Note: directors, bridge, and pole topmast.

HNNC Photo # NH93510.

Naval History & Heritage Command
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Starboard bow, underway, May 31 1934. Note range clock on forward mast.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives #80-G-466488

National Archives
Chicago
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USS Portland, docked at the South Brisbane wharves, while on a goodwill visit to Brisbane by the U.S. Navy, 25 March 1941. This was the first visit of an American Naval Squadron to Brisbane during World War II . This was prior to the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

Photo: Queensland Newspapers Collection, John Oxley Library Queensland, from Kookaburra2011's photostream on Flickr

Frank Dengler
Chicago
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129k USS Portland, docked at the South Brisbane wharves, while on a goodwill visit to Brisbane by the U.S. Navy, 25 March 1941. This was the first visit of an American Naval Squadron to Brisbane during World War II . This was prior to the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor in December 1941. USS Chicago (CA 29) is moored astern of USS Portland.

The squadron was made up of the cruisersUSS Chicago (CA 29), flying the flag of Rear Admiral John H. Newton, and USS Portland, escorted by destroyers Clark, Conygham, Reid, Cassin and Downes. The ships had arrived from Sydney, having also visited New Zealand.

Photo: Queensland Newspapers Collection, John Oxley Library Queensland, from Kookaburra2011's photostream on Flickr

Frank Dengler
Portland
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Plan view forward while at Mare Island Navy Yard, 7 February 1942. Note the MK33 Gun Directors Port & Starboard (covered with canvas).

Mare Island Navy Yard photo #707-42

Naval History & Heritage Command
Portland
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424k At the Mare Island Navy Yard, 7 February 1942. Note: crane, motor launches, 5"/25 guns and practice loader (between boats). Naval History & Heritage Command
Portland 182k USS Portland (CA 33) at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 14 June 1942, with her crew paraded on deck in "Whites". Note the external degaussing cable fitted to the hull side of this ship.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97833.

USN
Portland 42k USS Portland (CA 33), at right, transfers USS Yorktown (CV-5) survivors to USS Fulton (AS-11) on 7 June 1942, following the battle of Midway. Fulton transported the men to Pearl Harbor.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives #80-G-312028.

National Archives
Portland
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Torpedo and gunfire damage diagram of USS Portland (CA-33) from torpedo hit off Savo Island on 13 November, 1942.

Source: Navy Department Library, War Damage Report No. 35; USS Portland (CA33) Gunfire and Torpedo Damage, Battle of Guadalcanal, 13 November, 1942

Mike Green
Portland
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Detail diagram of torpedo damage from hit off Savo Island on 13 November, 1942.

Source: Navy Department Library, War Damage Report No. 35; USS Portland (CA33) Gunfire and Torpedo Damage, Battle of Guadalcanal, 13 November, 1942

Mike Green
Portland
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Flooding diagram of USS Portland (CA-33) from torpedo hit off Savo Island on 13 November, 1942.

Source: Navy Department Library, War Damage Report No. 35; USS Portland (CA33) Gunfire and Torpedo Damage, Battle of Guadalcanal, 13 November, 1942

Mike Green
Portland
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119k Starboard quarter view while anchored atTulagi. The damage visible was sustained on 13 November 1942. To quote DANFS - " ... Portland took a torpedo hit at 0158 on the starboard quarter, which blew off both inboard propellers, jammed the rudder five degrees right, and jammed number three turret in train and elevation..." Tracy White
Portland
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125k Overhead view of the fantail while anchored atTulagi. The damage visible was sustained on 13 November 1942. To quote DANFS - " ... Portland took a torpedo hit at 0158 on the starboard quarter, which blew off both inboard propellers, jammed the rudder five degrees right, and jammed number three turret in train and elevation..." Tracy White
Portland
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103k Overhead view of the fantail while anchored atTulagi. The damage visible was sustained on 13 November 1942. To quote DANFS - " ... Portland took a torpedo hit at 0158 on the starboard quarter, which blew off both inboard propellers, jammed the rudder five degrees right, and jammed number three turret in train and elevation..." Here you can see the damaged area with the debris removed. Tracy White
Portland
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View of main deck damage, looking forward from the stern, on the USS Portland (CA 33). Note the 60# STS first platform deck armor plate, which caused shock damage to No. 3 turret.

Source: Navy Department Library, War Damage Report No. 35; USS Portland (CA33) Gunfire and Torpedo Damage, Battle of Guadalcanal, 13 November, 1942

Mike Green
Portland
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Starboard side view while anchored atTulagi. The damage visible was sustained on 13 November 1942. To quote DANFS - " ... Portland took a torpedo hit at 0158 on the starboard quarter, which blew off both inboard propellers, jammed the rudder five degrees right, and jammed number three turret in train and elevation..."

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

Tracy White
Portland
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View of temporary repairs to starboard quarter.

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

Tracy White
Portland
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USS Portland (CA 33) in the Cockatoo Drydock, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, circa late 1942, while under repair for torpedo damage received in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on 13 November 1942. Note the missing inboard propellers.

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

Tracy White
Portland 99k USS Portland (CA 33) in the Cockatoo Drydock, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, circa late 1942, while under repair for torpedo damage received in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on 13 November 1942. Note the arrangement of gun directors on her forward superstructure: main battery director atop the foremast, with FC fire control radar; and a secondary battery director, with FD fire control radar, on each bridge wing. Also note this ship's external degaussing cables, mounted on her hull sides. Courtesy of Vice Admiral T.G.W. Settle, USN (Retired), 1975.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 81992.

Edward H. Cleary
Portland
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88k USS Portland (CA 33) in Cockatoo Island Dockyard in December, 1942, repairing damage that occurred on 13 November during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. A heavy girder and steel plate covered the starboard stern area of the ship where a torpedo exploded. Dockyard personnel temporarily patched the damage area and reconditioned electrical and mechanical equipment in the ship to allow her return to the United States for permanent repairs.

Australian War Memorial, Photo No.305771

Mike Green

Portland
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Starboard side view of the hole in the stern of the USS Portland (CA 33). The ship is receiving temporary repairs and dry docked at Cockatoo Island Dockyard Sydney, NSW, Australia in December 1942.

Australian War Memorial, Photo #306425

Mike Green
Portland
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Hit No. 2 on USS Portland (CA 33) as seen at Mare Island Navy Yard. Shown here is damage to the starboard side of the hanger at Frame 85.

Source: Navy Department Library, War Damage Report No. 35; USS Portland (CA33) Gunfire and Torpedo Damage, Battle of Guadalcanal, 13 November, 1942

Mike Green
Portland
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Hit No.2 inboard view of damage too the starboard side of the hanger side plating. The mezzanine deck prevented shell fragments from spreading downward.

Source: Navy Department Library, War Damage Report No. 35; USS Portland (CA33) Gunfire and Torpedo Damage, Battle of Guadalcanal, 13 November, 1942

Mike Green
Portland
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View of torpedo damage as it appeared upon USS Portland's arrival at Mare Island for repairs on 2 March 1943.

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

Tracy White
Portland
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View of torpedo damage as it appeared upon USS Portland's arrival at Mare Island for repairs on 2 March 1943.

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

Darryl Baker & Tracy White
Portland
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View of repaired starboard qusrter hull before replacement of struts and propellers.

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

Tracy White
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Aft plan view of the USS Portland (CA 33) at Mare Island Navy Yard on 16 May 43. Circled areas were modify during the overhaul period.

U.S. Navy Photo #3598-43.

Darryl Baker
Portland
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Midships plan view of the USS Portland (CA 33) at Mare Island Navy Yard on 16 May 43. Circled areas were modify during the overhaul period.

U.S. Navy Photo #3594-43.

Naval History & Heritage Command
Portland
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Port bow view while underway off Mare Island Navy Yard, 17 May 1943.

NARA San Francisco, Mare Island Navy Yard, Ship Files

Tracy White
Portland
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Undated photo of the USS Portland (CA 33) underway after the completion of all battle damage repairs and refit at Mare Island Navy Yard.

Source: Navy Department Library, War Damage Report No. 35; USS Portland (CA33) Gunfire and Torpedo Damage, Battle of Guadalcanal, 13 November, 1942

Mike Green
Portland
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121k View looking aft from the foredeck while at sea in 1944. Note the ship's two forward 8"/55 gun turrets and the arrangement of her forward superstructure. A Mk.33 gun director with Mk.28 fire control radar is atop the pilothouse. Director atop the tripod foremast is a Mk.34, with Mk.8 fire control radar. The large radar antenna at the foremast peak is a SK. Courtesy of Vice Admiral T.G.W. Settle, USN (Retired), 1975.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 82031.

USNHC
Portland
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Drawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for a camouflage scheme intended for heavy cruisers of the CA-33 (Portland) class. USS Portland (CA-33) and USS Indianapolis (CA-35) both wore this pattern. This plan, showing the ship's starboard side, superstructure ends, and exposed decks, is dated 21 March 1944 and was approved by Captain Torvald A. Solberg, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (#80-G-109726).

Naval History & Heritage Command
Portland
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Drawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for a camouflage scheme intended for heavy cruisers of the CA-33 (Portland) class. USS Portland (CA-33) and USS Indianapolis (CA-35) both wore this pattern. This plan, showing the ship's starboard side, superstructure ends, and exposed decks, is dated 21 March 1944 and was approved by Captain Torvald A. Solberg, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (#80-G-109725).

Naval History & Heritage Command
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Amidships looking aft plan view of USS Portland (CA 33) in Mare Island's dry dock #3 on 16 July 1944. She was in dock from 29 May until 16 July 1944. She was in overhaul at the shipyard from 25 May until 7 August 1944.

U.S. Navy Photo #4547-44

Darryl Baker
Portland 363k

Amidships plan view of USS Portland (CA 33) in Mare Island's dry dock #3 on 16 July 1944. She was in dock from 29 May until 16 July 1944. She was in overhaul at the shipyard from 25 May until 7 August 1944.

U.S. Navy Photo #4550-44

Darryl Baker
Portland
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At the Mare Island Navy Yard, 16 May 1943. Circles mark recent alterations. Note: foghorn, gun directors and radars (Mk 3 and 4), signal flags.

National Archives photo #19-N-47590

Naval History & Heritage Command
Portland
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At the Mare Island Navy Yard, 16 May 1943. Circles mark recent alterations. Note: 8" gun turrets and 20mm gun tubs added on the Forecastle.

National Archives photo #19-N-47588

Naval History & Heritage Command
Portland
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At the Mare Island Navy Yard, 16 May 1943. Circles mark recent alterations. Note: 5"/25 guns. After main battery director, with Mk.3 radar.

National Archives photo #19-N-47589

Naval History & Heritage Command
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USS Portland (CA 33) shown here At Mare Island on July 29, 1944 after a refit. She is shown fitted with new, lighter radars and gun directors along with additional 40mm A.A. guns.

U.S. Navy Photo #4951-44

Darryl Baker
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USS Portland (CA 33) shown here At Mare Island on July 29, 1944 after a refit. She is shown fitted with new, lighter radars and gun directors along with additional 40mm A.A. guns.

U.S. Navy Photo #4948-44

Darryl Baker
Portland
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Plan view amidships looking Aft at Mare Island, 29 Jul 1944.

Naval History & Heritage Command
Portland
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At the Mare Island Navy Yard, 29 July 1944. Circles mark recent alterations. Note: catapult YF-389 in background.

National Archives photo #19-N-70351

Naval History & Heritage Command
Portland
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At the Mare Island Navy Yard, 29 July 1944. Circles mark recent alterations. Note: Mk 34 director with Mk 8 radar 5"/25 loading practice machine PFs in background. Harbor craft: YTL-94, YHB-21, YF-506.

National Atchives Photo #19-N-70353

Naval History & Heritage Command
Portland
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At the Mare Island Navy Yard, 29 July 1944. Circles mark recent alterations. Note: YTL-94, PF and YHB in background.

National Archives photo #19-N-70350

Naval History & Heritage Command
Portland
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67k USS Portland (CA 33) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 30 July 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 32, Design 7d.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-70345.

Edward H. Cleary
Portland
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61k USS Portland (CA 33) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 30 July 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 32, Design 7d.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-70346.

Steven A. Cardali
Portland
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USS Portland (CA 33) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 30 July 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 32, Design 7d.

U.S. Navy Photo #4938-44

Naval History & Heritage Command
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USS Portland (CA 33) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 30 July 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 32, Design 7d.

U.S. Navy Photo #4937-44

Naval History & Heritage Command
Portland
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116k Scene on the open bridge during the bombardment of Leyte, October 1944. Her forward 8"/55 gun turrets are trained out to port. Officer standing in right center, without helmet, is the ship's Commanding Officer, Captain Thomas G.W. Settle. Courtesy of Vice Admiral T.G.W. Settle, USN (Retired), 1975.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 82003.

USNHC
Portland
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118k USS Portland (CA 33) comming along side USS Taluga (AO-62) for fuel. 15 April 1945. From the collection of Ensign Lloyd LaVack. Tommy Trampp
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USS Portland (CA 33) at sea in the Panama area, while en route with Task Force 11 from the Pacific combat area to the U.S. east coast, 12 October 1945. Note men crowded on her decks, and the long "homeward bound" pennant flying from her mainmast peak.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-360561.

Scott Dyben
Portland 50k The aft mast of USS Portland (CA 33) which is part of a memorial at Fort Allen Park on the Eastern Promenade at Portland, ME. A ceremony is held here every year on 7 Dec. Chet Morris
Portland 61k The aft mast of USS Portland (CA 33) which is part of a memorial at Fort Allen Park on the Eastern Promenade at Portland, ME. A ceremony is held here every year on 7 Dec. Chet Morris
Portland 66k The aft mast of USS Portland (CA 33) which is part of a memorial at Fort Allen Park on the Eastern Promenade at Portland, ME. A ceremony is held here every year on 7 Dec. Chet Morris
Portland
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96k USS Portland mast undergoing restoration. Photo taken 21 September 2008. Chet Morris
Portland
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75k USS Portland mast undergoing restoration. Photo taken 21 September 2008. Chet Morris
Portland
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85k USS Portland mast undergoing restoration. Photo taken 21 September 2008. Chet Morris
Portland
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43k Fully restored mast of the USS Portland. Photo taken 04 November 2008. Chet Morris
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76k Re-dedication program of the restored USS Portland Memorial, Portland, ME Chet Morris
Portland
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717k December 2009 William Whitten
Portland
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829k December 2009 William Whitten
Portland
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291k December 2009 William Whitten

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Leary, Herbert Fairfax, CAPT 1905 VADM 02/231933 -06/01/1934
LeBreton, David McDougal, CAPT 1904 RADM 06/01/1934 - 12/30/1935
Bradley Jr., Willis Winter, CAPT 1908   12/30/1935 - 06/10/1937
Dutton Jr., Benjamin, CAPT 1905   06/10/1937 - 11/30/1937
Lewis, John William, CAPT 1907   12/04/1937 - 06/02/1938
Crosby, Howard Hall, CAPT 1908   06/02/1938 - 05/31/1940
Van Hook, Clifford Evans, CAPT 1909 RADM 05/31/1940 - 01/1941
Thompson, Robert Rowe, CAPT 1912   06/27/1941 - 04/25/1942
Perelman, Benjamin, CAPT 1912   04/25/1942 - 05/16/1942
DuBose, Laurance Toombs, CAPT 1913 ADM 05/16/1942 - 04/20/1943
Wirth, Theodore Rudolph, CDR 1921   04/20/1943 - 05/05/1943
DuBose, Laurance Toombs, CAPT 1913 ADM 05/05/1943 - 05/07/1943
Burhans, Artur Daniel, CAPT 1916   05/07/1943 - 02/03/1944
Settle, Thomas Greenhow Williams (Tex), CAPT 1919 VADM 02/03/1944 - 07/26/1945
Thackrey, Lyman Augustus, CAPT 1921 RADM 07/26/1945 - 07/12/1946

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


USS PORTLAND (CA 33) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Herbert J Gibson
Address: 9100 Teasley Ln Denton, TX, 76205-4024
Phone: 940-484-0948
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.
USS Portland website.

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