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USS NASHVILLE (CL 43)


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

CLASS - BROOKLYN
Displacement 9,475 Tons, Dimensions, 608' 4" (oa) x 61' 8" x 24' (Max)
Armament 15 x 6"/47, 8 x 5"/25, 8 x 0.5" 4 Aircraft.
Armor, 5" Belt, 6 1/2" Turrets, 2" Deck, 5" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 100,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 32.5 Knots, Crew 868.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 24 JAN 1935 by the New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ
Launched 02 OCT 1937
Commissioned 06 JUN 1938
Decommissioned 24 JUN 1946
Stricken 9 JAN 1961
Transferred to the Chilean Navy 9 JAN 1951 and renamed CAPITAN PRAT (03)
Decommissioned 10 MAY 1982
Fate: Sold for scrap 29 APR 1983

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Nashville 66k Good overhead showing details of the Brooklyn Class. USN
Nashville 78k

USS Nashville (CL 43) In the Hudson River, off New York City, in 1939. The Palisade Amusement Park is in the right distance. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 68318

USNHC
Nashville 71k

USS Nashville (CL 43) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, on 1 April 1942. She is wearing Measure 12 (Modified) camouflage.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives - 19-N-28993

National Archives
Nashville
020833
62k USS Nashville (CL 43) (in the distance), as seen from the island of USS Hornet (CV 8) (looking aft) while part of the "Doolittle" battle group, 16 APR 1942.

Photo taken off a 16mm film.

Image courtesy of Periscope Film
Nashville
0404334
195k View looking aft from the island of USS Hornet (CV 8), while en route to the mission's launching point. USS Gwin (DD-433) is coming alongside, as USS Nashville (CL-43) steams in the distance. Eight of the mission's sixteen B-25B bombers are parked within view, as are two of the ship's SBD scout bombers. Note midships elevator, torpedo elevator, arresting gear and flight deck barriers in the lower portion of the photo, and 1.1" quad anti-aircraft machine gun mount at left.

Naval History & Heritage Command photo (# NH 53289).

Tommy Trampp
Nashville 184k August 8, 1942 photo showing the Nashville bombarding Kiska, Alaska. USN
Nashville 122k

USS Nashville (CL 43) - View on board the ship, looking aft from amidships on the starboard side. Taken on 11-13 May 1943, before or just after Task Force 18's 13 May bombardment of Japanese positions on Kolombangara and New Georgia islands. The ship immediately astern is USS St. Louis (CL 49). Note details of Nashville's after superstructure, main battery gun director, and the 1.1-inch quad anti-aircraft machine gun mount at left.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center - NH 97963

USNHC
Nashville 91k

1.1-inch quad anti-aircraft machinegun mounting Located on the starboard side amidships of USS Nashville (CL 43). Photographed 11-13 May 1943, before or just after the 13 May bombardment of Japanese positions on Kolombangara and New Georgia islands. Note the metal shroud installed around the barrels of this gun mount.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center - NH 97963 (cropped).

USNHC
Nashville 235k Forward plan view of the USS Nashville (CL 43) at Mare Island on 30 July 1943. U.S. Navy Photo #5451-43 Darryl Baker
Nashville 122k

USS Nashville (CL 43) - Plan view amidships, looking aft along the starboard side, with the ship's forward superstructure emphasized. Taken at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, on 30 July 1943. Note the Mark 33 (lower, with rear toward the camera) and Mark 34 gun directors, with the antenna of a Mark 8 fire control radar atop the Mk. 34; antenna for a SK-1 search radar atop the foremast; lightly armored conning tower at the front of the bridge; floater nets atop the number three 6"/47 triple gun turret; and shipyard railway crane on the pier. Circled areas have recently received modifications.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives - 19-N-49139

National Archives
Nashville 241k

Plan view amidships looking aft of the USS Nashville (CL 43) at Mare Island on 30 July 1943.

U.S. Navy Photo #5450-43.

Darryl Baker
Nashville 219k

After plan view of the USS Nashville (CL 43) at Mare Island on 30 July 1943. Note that hanger for scout plane is open.

U.S. Navy Photo #5453-43

Darryl Baker
Nashville 156k

Stern view of the USS Nashville (CL 43) departing Mare Island on 4 August 1943.

U.S. Navy Photo #5622-43

Darryl Baker
Nashville 171k

Broadside view of the USS Nashville (CL 43) off Mare Island on 4 August 1943. She was in overhaul at the shipyard from 4 June until 7 August 1943.

U.S. Navy Photo #5624-43.

Darryl Baker
Nashville 83k USS Nashville (CL 43) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, on 4 August 1943. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives - 19-N-49135 National Archives
Nashville
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114k

Here she is shown in measure 32/21D, a camouflage pattern that she only carried from sometime in the spring of 1944.

Caption corrected by Aryeh Wetherhorn.

USN
Nashville
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General Douglas MacArthur walks to the bridge on one of the cruisers of the invasion fleet. Southwest Pacific Area. 4/22/44. USS Nashville"

Dave Kerr
Nashville
0404331
77k

In the distance is USS Nashville firing at targets during the Hollandia assault during the week of 22 April 1944. Notice that the open camera shutter has caught three hot shells in motion just to the left of the ship.

NA USA Signal Corps 264436.

John Chiquoine
Nashville
0404328
103k General MacArthur has a lighter moment with commanding officer Captain Spanagel aboard the USS Nashville, 8 September 1944, en route to the Morotai invasion. The island of Morotai was needed as a base of operation to support the liberation of the Philippines. General MacArthur would return to the Philippines aboard the USS Nashville on October 20, 1944.

Photo from the MacArthur Library and Museum thanks to Mr. James Nobel.

Bill Gonyo
Nashville
0404329
128k Captain Charles Edward Coney (far left), commanding officer, and his staff greet General Douglas MacArthur as he boards the cruiser USS Nashville (CL 43) for the Leyte invasion to liberate the Philippine Islands in October 1944.

Photo was taken by Frank Prist of ACME News Service (Wide World Photos). Photo obtained from the MacArthur Library and Museum thanks to Mr. James Nobel.

Bill Gonyo
Nashville 70k

Leyte Invasion, October 1944 - General Douglas MacArthur (right, seen in profile) on the bridge of USS Nashville (CL 43), off Leyte during the landings there in late October 1944. Standing in the center (also seen in profile) is Lieutenant General George C. Kenney.

Photograph from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives - USA C-259

National Archives
Nashville 69k

Leyte Invasion, October 1944 - General Douglas MacArthur's flagship, USS Nashville (CL 43), anchored off Leyte during the landings, circa 21 October 1944. Nashville wears camouflage Measure 33, Design 21d.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-374940.

National Archives/Scott Dyben
Nashville
0404332
109k

Smoke from fire aboard USS Nashville, seen in the distance shortly after being damaged in combat off Mindoro, 13 December 1944.

NA USA Signal Corps 260126.

John Chiquoine
Nashville
0404333
95k Another photo just after being hit by a Kamikaze on 13 December 1944 off Mindoro. Ron Reeves
Nashville 128k

USS Nashville (CL 43) crewmen cleaning up the port side 5"/25 gun battery, after the ship was hit in that area by a Kamikaze on 13 December 1944, while en route to the Mindoro invasion. Note fire damage to the guns and nearby structure.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-K-6886.

National Archives/Scott Dyben
Nashville 97k March 25, 1945 while steaming into Puget Sound. USN
Nashville 120k

USS Nashville (CL 43) Underway in Puget Sound, Washington, on 25 March 1945.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives - 19-N-80853

National Archives
Nashville
0404325
266k Starboard quarter view while underway, possibly in Puget Sound, 1945. Note the SC-1 on the fantail,
and the single catapult, typical of late-war cruiser modifications.
David Buell
Chilean Navy CAPITAN PRAT (03)
(1951 - 1982)
Nashville
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20k Agustín Arturo Prat Chacón (Hacienda San Agustín de Puñual, Ninhue, Chile, 3 April 1848, - Iquique, 21 May 1879) Chilean sailor, military and lawyer. He is considered Chile's top naval hero. Son of Agustín Prat del Barril and Rosario Chacón Barrios.

He took part in several major naval battles during the War against Spain (1865-1871), including the naval Battle of Papudo in 1865, where the schooner Covadonga was captured.

During the Pacific War he commanded the corvette Esmeralda in the naval Battle of Iquique, in which he was killed.

Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
Nashville 45k Undated starboard side of Nashville as Captain Prat (03). Robert Hurst
Nashville 15k Seen as Captain Prat, In service with the Chilean navy. Ferando Enrique Espinoza Diaz
Nashville 58k Seen as Captain Prat, In service with the Chilean navy. Robert Hurst
Nashville
0404327
13k Starboard side view, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
Nashville
0404326
23k Prat (ex-USS Nashville) at anchor circa 1953 Robert Hurst

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Wilson, William W., CAPT   06/06/1938 -
Wentworth, Ralph Strafford, CAPT   01/01/1940
Craven, Francis Sanderson, CAPT   04/30/1941 - 09/30/1942
Spanagel, Herman Adolf, CAPT   09/30/1942
Coney, Charles Edward, CAPT   04/24/1944
MacOndray, Atherton, CAPT RADM 01/30/1945 - 12/14/1945
Ford, Robert Stephens, CDR RADM 12/14/1945 - 06/24/1946

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


USS NASHVILLE (CL 43) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name:Mr. Ed Remler
Address: 5114 W 69th St. Prarie Village Ks. 66208
Phone:None
E-mail: None


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