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USS QUINCY (CA 39)

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 15 NOV 1933 by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Quincy, MA
Launched 19 JUN 1935
Commissioned 09 JUN 1936
Fate: Sunk by Japanese gunfire during the Battle of Savo Island 09 AUG 1942

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USS Quincy (CA 39) Photographed during the later 1930s.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 42259.

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USS Quincy (CA 39) Underway at sea, circa 1937.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 50314.

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This tabacco card was issued by John Player and Son's in the U.K. in 1939 and came from a series entitled "Modern Naval Craft". Tommy Trampp
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USS Quincy (CA 39) View looking forward from her bridge, while she was steaming through rough seas in the Strait of Magellan during Cruiser Division Seven's South American Cruise, 14 May 1939. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Rear Admiral Paul H. Bastedo.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 83592

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Cruiser Division Seven's South American Cruise, 1939 - View of USS Quincy (CA 39)--at left--and USS Tuscaloosa (CA 37) steaming in rough seas near the Strait of Magellan, 14 May 1939. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Rear Admiral Paul H. Bastedo.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 83591

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USS Quincy (CA 39) Underway on 1 May 1940, as seen from a Utility Squadron One aircraft. Note identification markings on her turret tops: longitudinal stripes on the forward turrets and a circle on the after one.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center - NH 97697

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Quincy 171k Early 1942 photo showing the ship heading upriver to the New York Navy Yard. The ship hasn't been fitted with radar at this time but has received the specified 1.1" AA guns as shown by the gun tubs atop her pilot house and on her fantail. USN
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USS Quincy (CA 39) In New York Harbor, 23 May 1942, following her last overhaul. In the left background is HMS Biter (British Escort Aircraft Carrier, 1942). Note Quincy's Measure 12, Modified, camouflage scheme.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives - 19-N-30732

National Archives/Jesse P. Mannix
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In New York Harbor, 23 May 1942, after her last overhaul. HMS Biter (British Escort Aircraft Carrier, 1942) is in the left background, partially hidden by Quincy's bow. 

U.S. National Archives - 19-N-30731

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View taken 29 May 1942, at New York Navy Yard, NY looking aft from bow. Numbers and arrows denote modifications. Note USS Juneau (CL 52) in background (l) & USS Marblehead (CL 12) in background (r).

U.S. National Archives - 19-N-30724

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View taken at New York Navy Yard, NY, 29 May 1942, looking forward from fantail, on centerline. Note covered .50 cal AA/MG (L&R), 1.1" guns. USS Marblehead (CL 12) in left background. USS Juneau (CL 52) in background (right).

U.S. National Archives - 19-N-30727

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USS Quincy (CA 39) - View on board, looking forward over the boat deck from the secondary conn, while the ship was at the New York Navy Yard after her last overhaul, 29 May 1942. Crude # "1" in white circle (center) marks the location of the 5"/25 loading practice machine. Other notable items include: boats and boat cradle in foreground; four Curtiss SOC "Seagull" floatplanes atop the catapults; crated food piled by the after smokestack; and USS Marblehead (CL 12) at left.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives - 19-N-30725

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USS Quincy (CA 39) - View on board, looking aft on the port side from alongside eight-inch gun turret # 1, while the ship was at the New York Navy Yard on 29 May 1942. Numbers in white circles mark recently installed items, including (# 1) splinter protection on the pilothouse; (# 2) 20mm guns just forward of the pilothouse (largely hidden behind the second 8" gun turret); and (# 3) 1.1" gun mountings on the upper bridge wings. Other notable items include paravanes on the superstructure side just forward of the second 8" gun turret and the rangefinder "tub" atop the pilothouse. Many of these features were still present when the ship's wreck was examined in August 1992.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives - 19-N-30726

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USS Quincy (CA 39) Photographed from USS Wasp (CV 7), at Noumea, New Caledonia, on the eve of the invasion of Guadalcanal, 3 August 1942. She was sunk six days later, during the Battle of Savo Island. Note Quincy's signal flags and Measure 12, Modified, camouflage scheme.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives - 80-G-K-563

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USS President Adams (AP 38) Photographed from USS Wasp (CV 7), at Noumea, New Caledonia, 4 August 1942. She is crowded with U.S. Marines, bound for the invasion of Guadalcanal. USS Quincy (CA 39) is in the background. Note President Adams' liferafts, landing craft and climbing netting.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives - 80-G-K-554

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93k USS Quincy (CA 39) fighting off Japanese air attack at Guadalcanal, July 1942. From the collection of WO1 Myron G. Darst, USN (Ret.).
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USS Quincy (CA 39) Photographed from a Japanese cruiser during the Battle of Savo Island, off Guadalcanal, 9 August 1942. Quincy, seen here burning and illuminated by Japanese searchlights, was sunk in this action. Copied from the Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison World War II history illustrations file.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 50346

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Battle diagram showing ship movement during Battle of Savo Island on 9 August 1942.

Source: Preliminary Design Branch, Bureau of Ships Navy Department, War Loss/Damage Report No. 29.

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Outboard profile diagram of USS Quincy (CA 39) showing gunfire and torpedo hits during Battle of Savo Island on 9 August 1942.

Source: Preliminary Design Branch, Bureau of Ships Navy Department, War Loss/Damage Report No. 29.

Mike Green
Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Amsden, William Faulkner, CAPT 1907   06/09/1936 - 12/04/1937
Bastedo, Paul Henry, CAPT 1908 RADM 12/04/1937 - 12/15/1939
Wickham, Williams Carter, CAPT 1909   12/15/1939 - 07/01/1941
Battle Jr., Charlton Eugene, CAPT 1910 COMO 07/01/1941 - 05/20/1942
Moore, Samuel Nobre, CAPT 1913   05/20/1942 - 08/09/1942

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


USS QUINCY (CA 39) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Dallas E Diettert
Address: 17714 SE 105th Ter Summerfield, FL, 34491-6926
Phone: 352-347-8767
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 Quincy CA39, USS Astoria CA34 & USS Vincennes CA44 Loss In Action - Battle of Savo Island 9 August 1942 from the Naval History and Heritage Command.

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