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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
Authorized 13 FEB 1929
Keel laid on 02 JAN 1934 by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Company's Fore River plant, Quincy, MA
Launched 21 MAY 1936
Commissioned 24 FEB 1937
Fate: Sunk by Japanese gunfire 09 AUG 1942 during the Battle of Savo Island.

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Combat Action Ribbon - American Defense Service Medal w/Fleet Clasp
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

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Vincennes 44k

USS Vincennes (CA 44) Making 10.74 knots during trials off Rockland, Maine, 12 January 1937. Photographed while the ship was running south, at 12:58 PM.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives - 19-N-17183

National Archives
Vincennes 79k

USS Vincennes (CA 44) Underway at 22.03 knots while on trials off Rockland, Maine, 12 January 1937. The photograph was taken while the ship was running south at 3:47 PM.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 50844

Vincennes 103k

USS Vincennes (CA 44) Steaming at high speed, circa February 1937. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute, Annapolis, Maryland, 1984.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 95303

USS Vincennes (CA 44) at Portsmouth, England, in June 1937. The ship in the left distance is the catapult trial's ship HMS Pegasus (ex-HMS Ark Royal).
Robert Hurst
Vincennes 117k

USS Vincennes (CA 44) Passing through the Panama Canal on 6 January 1938, while en route to join the U.S. Fleet in the Pacific. Note crewmen on her deck, watching the airplane from which the photograph was taken.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 50845

49k From DANFS: "Vincennes steamed to the Azores and visited Ponta Delgada from 4 to 6 June 1940 before she proceeded on for French Morocco to load a shipment of gold for transport to the United States." Carlos Manuel Estrela
155k WWII era photo painted in Measure 12 camouflage. From the collection of WO1 Myron G. Darst, USN (Ret.). David A. Darst
Vincennes 23k

USS Vincennes (CA 44) At Pearl Harbor, circa 26-28 May 1942, prior to departing to take part in the Battle of Midway. A Curtiss SOC floatplane is in the left foreground.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-66128

National Archives


USS Yorktown (CV 5), in the distant left center, being abandoned after suffering torpedo damage, 4 June 1942. A destroyer is standing by off the listing carrier's stern, and USS Vincennes (CA 44) is steaming by in the middle distance.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-21664).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
Vincennes 76k

USS Vincennes (CA 44) Underway during tactical exercises in Hawaiian waters, 8 July 1942.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives - 80-G-10116

National Archives

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.

Mike Green

Outboard profile of USS Vincennes (CA-44) 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
Green, Burton Hepburn, CAPT 1905   02/24/1937 - 01/29/1938
Stevens, Lemuel Mussetter, CAPT 1907   01/29/1938 - 07/14/1939
Beardall, John Reginald, CAPT 1908 RADM 07/14/1939 - 04/23/1940
Riefkohl, Frederick Louis (Fritz), CAPT 1911 RADM 04/23/1941 - 08/09/1942

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

View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
CA-44 - CL-64

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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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