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USS ASTORIA (CA 34)

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
Keel laid on 01 SEP 1930 by the Puget Sound Navy Yard
Reclassified CA 34 01 JUL 1931
Launched 16 DEC 1933
Commissioned 28 APR 1934
Fate: Sunk by Japanese gunfire on 9 AUG 1942 during the Battle of Savo Island.

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Astoria
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115k

Port side view, date and location unknown.

George Winstead photo.

Robert M. Cieri
Astoria
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87k Port side view, date and location unknown. Robert M. Cieri
Astoria 107k Anchored off Long Beach, California, during the 1930s. USNHC
Astoria 109k USS Astoria (CA 34) entering Honolulu harbor during her shakedown cruise, 9 July 1934.
Photographed by Tai Sing Loo. Donated by the U.S. Army Military History Institute, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 91726.

USNHC
Astoria
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457k Postcard of Astoria on 16 July 1937, location unknown. Mike Brock
Astoria
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179k USS Astoria passes under St. John's Bridge en-route to 1937 Portland Rose Festival. Wolfgang Hechler
Astoria 57k

Moored, starboard side to, Puget Sound Navay Shipyard, 08 APR 1938.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.

Tracy White
Astoria 20k Undated, Early War Image. USN
Astoria 126k

Closeup view of the ship's bridge area, taken near the end of an overhaul at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 9 July 1941. Details seen include: main and secondary battery gun directors atop the battle lookout platform; newly-installed sky lookout position and 1.1" quadruple machine gun mounting; and siren on funnel front. Also note demarkation of dark and light grey paint of the ship's Measure 1 camouflage.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 96383.

USNHC
Astoria 54k USS Astoria (CA 34) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 11 July 1941.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-25346.

National Archives
Astoria 62k USS Astoria (CA 34) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 11 July 1941.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-25347.

National Archives
Astoria 79k

Crew of 5"/25 gun # 3 (2nd gun from forward, starboard side) in action during gunnery practice, circa spring 1942. Note anti-flash head-dress and communications gear worn by the man operating the fuze setter; bearing markings on the gun's splinter shield; and old-style battle helmets.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-21946.

National Archives
Astoria 146k

USS Astoria (CA 34) arriving at Pearl Harbor with Task Force 17, 27 May 1942, following the Battle of Coral Sea and shortly before the Battle of Midway. Her crew is in whites, paraded at quarters on the forecastle, and a motor launch is being lowered by her port boat crane. Photographed by Photographer 3rd Class T.E. Collins, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.

National Archives/Scott Dyben
Astoria 62k USS Astoria (CA 34) (center), and USS Minneapolis (CA 36) (left) moored near Aiea Landing, Pearl Harbor, in late June 1942.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-K-452.

USNHC
Astoria 96k

Battle of Midway, June 1942. A Bombing Squadron Three (VB-3) SBD-3 scout bomber, probably flown by Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Paul A. Holmberg, ditches near USS Astoria (CA 34) at about 1342 hrs on 4 June 1942. This was one of two VB-3 planes that ditched near Astoria after they were unable to land on the damaged USS Yorktown (CV 5). A PBY is flying nearby, in right center.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-312004.

National Archives
Astoria 146k

Battle of Midway, June 1942 - An SBD-3 scout bomber, probably flown by the Bombing Squadron Three (VB-3) Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Maxwell F. Leslie, ditches alongside USS Astoria (CA 34) at about 1348 hrs on 4 June 1942. This was one of two VB-3 planes that ditched near Astoria after they were unable to land on the damaged USS Yorktown (CV 5). Photographed from atop Astoria's after superstructure. Note her port aircraft crane, and an SOC floatplane on her port catapult.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.

National Archives/Scott Dyben
Astoria 98k USS Astoria (CA 34) operating in Hawaiian waters during battle practice, 8 July 1942. She appears to be recovering floatplanes from off her starboard side. Note booms rigged below the forward superstructure to tow aircraft recovery mats, and starboard crane swung out.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97682.

USNHC
Astoria 186k USS Astoria (CA 34) firing her after eight-inch guns, during battle practice in Hawaiian waters, circa 8 July 1942.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97683.

USNHC
Astoria 66k

Guadalcanal-Tulagi Invasion, August 1942. USS Astoria (CA 34) joins Task Force 16 as it approaches Tulagi, about 6 August 1942.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-13477.

National Archives

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Root, Edmund Spence, CAPT   04/28/1934 - 08/26/1935
Austin, Charles Morrison, CAPT   08/26/1935 - 03/14/1937
Gill, Charles Clifford, CAPT   03/14/1937 - 07/01/1938
Turner, Richmond Kelly, CAPT ADM 07/01/1938
Haines, Preston Bennett, CAPT   12/30/1940
Scanland, Francis Worth, CAPT COMO 12/15/1941 - 06/14//1942
Greenman, William Garrett, CAPT COMO 06/14/1942 - 08/09/1942

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


USS ASTORIA (CA 34) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
CA 34 - CL-90

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