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USS MINNEAPOLIS (CA 36)


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

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 27 JUN 1931 by the Philadelphia Navy Yard
Launched 06 SEP 1933
Commissioned 19 MAY 1934
Decommissioned 10 FEB 1947
Stricken 01 MAR 1959
Fate: Sold for scrap to Union Metals and Alloys Corp 14 AUG 1959

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Minneapolis
0403629
121k

Port side view at anchor, date and location unknown.

George Winstead photo.

Robert M. Cieri
Minneapolis
0403630
112k Starboard side view underway, date and location unknown. Robert M. Cieri
Minneapolis
0403631
130k

Port side view at anchor, date and location unknown.

George Winstead photo.

Robert M. Cieri
Minneapolis
0403632
76k

Undated, pre-war photo. Note that all 4 SOC seaplanes are on the catapults.

U.S. Navy photo.

Ron Titus
Minneapolis
0403601
344k

Undated, pre-war photo.

U.S. Navy photo.

Ron Titus
Minneapolis 46k Undated, late war USN
Minneapolis 95k Undated, Early war Image, Shown here (probably after Tassafaronga) covered in camouflage to avoid detection while undergoing temporary repairs. USN
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
Minneapolis 60k

USS Minneapolis (CA 36) Underway at sea on 25 June 1938. She is wearing an "E" award, for Engineering excellence, on her after smokestack.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 50350.

USNHC
Minneapolis 89k

USS Minneapolis (CA 36) firing her 8"/55 main battery guns during battle practice, 29 March 1939. Taken from a floatplane of her embarked aviation unit, VCS-6. Note the stripes painted on the tops of her forward gun turrets.

Photograph from Department of the Navy collections in the U.S. National Archives - 80-CF-21343-2.

National Archives/Scott Dyben
Minneapolis 83k

Battle of Tassafaronga, 30 November 1942 - USS Minneapolis (CA 36) at Tulagi with torpedo damage received in the battle. Photograph was taken on 1 December 1942, as work began to cut away the wreckage of her bow.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-211215

National Archives
Minneapolis 100k A jury-rigged temporary bow made of coconut logs and steel beams to get the ship out of the fighting area around Guadalcanal. USN
Minneapolis 95k "Permanent" temporary bow rigged for the trip across the Pacific. USN
Minneapolis 74k

USS Minneapolis (CA 36) En route to Pearl Harbor for repairs, circa January 1943. She had lost her bow when hit by Japanese torpedoes during the Battle of Tassafaronga, off Guadalcanal on 30 November 1942.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-44544

National Archives
Minneapolis
0403633
542k

Looking into the #2 fire room through the side of the ship while in drydock at Pearl Harbor. The boiler tubes are visible in the center of the picture. Photo taken 9 March 1943.

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

Tracy White
Minneapolis
0403634
539k

Looking into the #2 fire room through the side of the ship while in drydock at Pearl Harbor. Photo taken 9 March 1943.

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

Tracy White
Minneapolis
0403635
420k

Forward stack, showing distortion from the explosion in the fire room below it, which partially vented up and out of the stack. Photo taken 9 March 1943 at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard.

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

Tracy White
Minneapolis 83k At Pearl Harbor in March, 1943 being repaired after torpedo damage at the Battle of Tassafaronga on November 30, 1942. Minneapolis was flagship of TF-67 and was hit by two torpedoes; one blew her bow off, ahead of #1 turret and the other struck further aft amidships. The aft damage is hidden by scaffolding in this photo. USN
Minneapolis 71k

USS Minneapolis (CA 36) At Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Hawaii, on 11 April 1943, after being fitted with a new bow. She had lost her original bow in the Battle of Tassafaronga, off Guadalcanal on 30 November 1942. Note the New Mexico class battleship in the left distance.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-K-544.

National Archives
Minneapolis 76k

USS Minneapolis (CA 36) Departing Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 11 April 1943, after being fitted with a new bow. She had lost her original bow in the Battle of Tassafaronga, off Guadalcanal on 30 November 1942.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-K-541.

National Archives
Minneapolis  

USS Minneapolis (CA 36) at Mare Island Navy Shipyard on 21 JUL 1943 undergoing overhaul and battle damage repairs.

Porton of Mare Island Photo #5293-43.

CTRC Donald J. Wagner, USN (Ret.)
Minneapolis 308k

Aft plan view of the USS Minneapolis (CA 36) at Mare Island on 2 August 1943. She was in overhaul at the shipyard from 22 April to 10 September 1943.

U.S. Navy Photo #U.S. Navy Photo #6266-43..

Darryl Baker
Minneapolis 128k

USS Minneapolis (CA 36) At the Mare Island Navy Yard, 30 August 1943, upon completion of overhaul and battle damage repairs. Note: SK-1 search radar and gunfire directors mounted atop her foremast and bridge; large false windows painted on her pilothouse, part of a camouflage scheme intended to make her look like a destroyer; Sailors pushing a cart full of battle helmets in the lower left; railway boxcars on the pier alongside the ship; lighter YF-280 in the left distance and crane vessel YD-98 at right. Circles mark recent alterations.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives - 19-N-51998.

National Archives
Minneapolis 70k

USS Minneapolis (CA 36) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, 4 September 1943, after completion of overhaul and battle damage repairs. Note her unique camouflage scheme, intended to make her appear to be a destroyer.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives - 19-N-51995.

National Archives
Minneapolis 144k

Forward plan view of the USS Minneapolis (CA 36) off Mare Island on 4 September 1943. She was in overhaul at the shipyard from 22 April to 10 September 1943.

U.S. Navy Photo #6266-43.

Darryl Baker
Minneapolis 144k

Stern view of the USS Minneapolis (CA 36) off Mare Island on 4 September 1943. She was in overhaul at the shipyard from 22 April to 10 September 1943.

U.S. Navy Photo #6271-43.

Darryl Baker
Minneapolis 121k

USS Minneapolis (CA 36) underway on 9 November 1943. Note her unique camouflage scheme, with the cruiser painted to resemble a destroyer.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-276720.

National Archives/Scott Dyben
Minneapolis 78k

Makin Invasion, November 1943 - USS Minneapolis (CA 36) bombarding Butaritari Island, Makin Atoll, on 20 November 1943, shortly before U.S. Army forces landed there. Guns firing are from the cruiser's starboard side 5"/25 secondary battery. Note smoke rings. Simultaneous discharge of these guns indicates that they are firing under remote control.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-202518.

National Archives/Scott Dyben
Minneapolis 140k

USS Minneapolis (CA 36) Refueling at sea from a Navy oiler, during the Marshall Islands operation, January 1944. Photographed from USS Cowpens (CVL 25). The oiler is one of the few that were fitted with a Mark 37 gun director, visible atop her bridge. Note the red navigation light on the oiler's port bridge wing.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-K-109.

National Archives
Minneapolis 113k Shown on April 1, 1945 off Okinawa covering the landing craft heading for shore during the invasion. Note how the ship's bridge has been cut down over the war years for better air defense. USN
Minneapolis 157k Decommissioned and in mothballs right after the war the Minneapolis and her prewar sisters were overhauled "just in case" every five years until they were stricken from the navy list. The Minneapolis is shown at Keystone Ship Engineering and Drydock at Philadelphia, in the spring of 1955. Her 5" and 40mm guns are covered, for their protection. Unique with the Minneapolis is the 40mm twin atop her #2 turret. USN
Minneapolis
0403636
814k Here's another view of the Minneapolis being docked from the December, 1959 issue of Sun Ship's "Our Yard" magazine. Dave Boone
Columbia
0405618
214k Funny how things work out. The USS Columbia was launched at New York Ship in Camden on 17 December 1941. One of the first tugs to come alongside to assist was the Meyle steam-powered tug Triton, pictured with three Curtis Bay Towing tugs.

Fast forward to 1959. After serving with distinction during WW-II, the Columbia was sold to Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Chester, PA, for scrapping. The ship was shifted from the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard with the assistance of the tug Triton, now dieselized. Once again, she's there to assist, now putting the old warrior into her final berth. The hulk to the right is what is left of Minneapolis.
Dave Boothe

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Haines, Gordon Wayne, CAPT   05/19/1934 - 12/05/1935
Keppler, Chester Henry John, CAPT   12/05/1935 - 06/07/1937
Kimball, Lucien Frank, CAPT   06/07/1937 - 12/17/1938
Hedrick, David Irvin, CAPT   12/17/1938 - 1940
Lowry, Frank Jacob, CAPT VADM 09/26/1940 - 09/06/1942
Rosendahl, Charles Emerey, CAPT VADM 09/06/1942 - 07/19/1943
Bates, Richard Waller, CAPT RADM 07/19/1943 - 05/20/1944
Slocum, Harry Browning, CAPT   05/20/1944 - 06/16/1945
Hudson, Roy Clare, CAPT   06/16/1945 - 01/1946
Maginnis, Jack, CDR   01/1946 - 03/1946
Maples, Hugh Marion, CDR   03/1946 - 02/10/1947

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


USS MINNEAPOLIS (CA 36) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Glenn A. Stephens
Address: 3460 Laredo Ln, Fort Collins, CO, 80526-4258
Phone: 970-226-0714
E-mail: ca36secy@aol.com


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 Minneapolis Action Report from the Naval Historical Center.

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