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USS BOISE (CL 47)


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

CLASS - BROOKLYN
Displacement 9,700 Tons, Dimensions, 608' 4" (oa) x 61' 9" 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
Launched 03 DEC 1936
Commissioned 12 AUG 1938
Decommissioned 01 JUL 1946
Transfered to the Argentine Navy 11 JAN 1951
Commissioned as NUEVE de JULIO 11 MAR 1952
Decommissioned 1978
Fate: Sold for scrap to Manchester Sling, Inc., Brownsville, TX on AUG 1981

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Boise 195k

Starboard Bow, Underway, 7 July 1938.

National Archives Image # 19-N-19153

National Archives
Boise
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119k

USS Boise (CL 47) anchored in harbor, circa 1938-39.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Centre. Photo # NH 97779.

Robert Hurst
Boise 100k

Operating off Hawaii on 5 November 1941. The ship is wearing Measure 1 camouflage paint.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-279384.

National Archives
Boise 73k

Photographed circa late August 1942, probably at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-K-558

National Archives
Boise 109k

Seen from the island of USS Yorktown (CV 10) on 6 May 1943. A Grumman F6F-3 "Hellcat" fighter is parked on the carrier's deck-edge elevator, in the foreground. Note Boise's fresh Measure 22 camouflage, and her fifteen 6"/47 guns trained on her port quarter at high elevation.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center - NH 97780.

USNHC
Boise 85k

Arrives at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, for battle damage repairs, November 1942. She had been hit by enemy shellfire in the Battle of Cape Esperance on 12 October 1942, resulting in a large fire that burned out her three forward 6"/47 gun turrets and their ammunition spaces.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-40069.

National Archives
Boise 95k

USS Boise (CL 47) arrives at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in November 1942 for repair of battle damage received during the 11-12 October Battle of Cape Esperance. Note the forward 6"/47 triple gun turret trained to starboard. It was jammed in this position during the action, when a Japanese 8" shell hit the armored barbette just below the turret.

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

Scott Dyben
Boise 79k

Sailor W.R. Martin points out details of the Japanese trophy flags painted on the cruiser's pilothouse as a scoreboard of enemy ships claimed sunk in the Battle of Cape Esperance, 11-12 October 1942. The six Japanese ships (two heavy cruisers, a light cruiser and three destroyers) represented in this scoreboard greatly overstates the actual enemy losses, which were one heavy cruiser (Furutaka) and one destroyer (Fubuki) sunk and one heavy cruiser (Aoba) badly damaged. This overclaiming was typical of contemporary night surface actions. Photographed at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, soon after Boise arrived there for battle damage repairs in November 1942.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-36299.

National Archives
Boise
0404729
103k 20 November 1942, another view to the previous photo. Ron Reeves
Boise
0404718
207k

Aerial view taken at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 22 April 1943.

USN Photo.

David Buell
Boise 239k May 1943 photo of the Boise after bridge modifications and addition of light weight A.A. mounts. USN
LST-325 88k Sicily Invasion, July 1943. Boise (CL 47) fires on enemy forces near Gela, Sicily, 11 July 1943. Photo taken from LST-325. Note manned .50 caliber machine guns on several of the Army trucks embarked on the LST's deck, a precaution against German air attack. Morison, "History of U.S. Naval Operations in World War II" (Vol. IX, page 107) states that Boise's targets were enemy tanks. National Archives
Boise 84k

Shelling the coast of New Guinea in early 1944. Photo is dated 10 February 1944, but may have been taken during the Madang-Alexishafen bombardment of 25-26 January 1944. This view looks forward on the starboard side from the midships 20mm gun gallery. Note tracers, which appear several feet in front of gun muzzles. Those from the four starboard side 5"/25 guns have a higher trajectory than the tracers fired from the forward 6"/47 gun turrets. Tracers from the 6-inch guns appear to wobble slightly.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-213844.

National Archives
Boise 74k

Bombarding the Galela sector of Halmahera Island during the Morotai invasion, 15 September 1944. This view looks forward on the port side from the midships 20mm gun gallery. Guns in the foreground are 5"/25s. This firing is being done by the forward 6"/47 gun turrets. Note ammunition passing party at work in the lower right.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-301528.

National Archives
Boise
0404720
  General Douglas MacArthur congratulates Captain Williard Merrill Downes on receiving his gold star for his second Legion of Merit on the cruiser USS Boise (CL 47) in Brunei Bay in 1945.

Photo from the MacArthur Library and Museum.

Bill Gonyo
Boise 131k

Off San Pedro, California, 14 September 1945, following overhaul.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives - 19-N-89077.

National Archives
Boise 239k Final appearance as seen October, 1945 at New York City Navy Day celebration. New bridge structure as rebuilt is clear in this photo. USN
Boise 72k

USS Boise Arrives in New York Harbor on 20 October 1945, to participate in the Navy Day Fleet Review. The south end of Manhattan Island is in the background.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-K-6562.

National Archives
Boise
0404717
181k Starboard bow view while underway in the Hudson River, on or about 27 October 1945. David Buell
Boise 127k

U.S. Army Private First Class Felix A. Uva (left) and Corporal Donald A. Purdy examine a memorial plaque on the cruiser's main deck, while they were being transported to the United States from Europe as part of Operation "Magic Carpet" in November 1945. This plaque was presented to the ship by the citizens of Boise, Idaho, in memory of the 107 crewmembers who lost their lives in the Battle of Cape Esperance, 11-12 October 1942. Note kapok life jackets worn by the Soldiers.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-701627.

National Archives
Boise
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127k

USS Boise at anchor, on 26 December 1945. Photo courtesy of L & L Ginderen

Robert Hurst
Argentine Navy Nueve de Julio
(1951 - 1978)
Boise 53k Undated port quarter view of Boise as Nueve de Julio. Robert Hurst
Boise
0404723
175k undated image of the cruiser ARA Nueva de Julio tied up pierside and her sister General Belgrano on her starboard side. Robert Hurst
Boise
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92k ARA Nueva de Julio underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
Boise
0404725
97k ARA Nueva de Julio underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
Boise
0404726
328k ARA Nueve de Julio (C-5)(ex-USS Boise, CL-47), underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
Boise
0404728
118k ARA Nueve de Julio (C-5)(ex-USS Boise, CL-47) underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
Boise
0404719
22k Argentinian Nueve de Julio (ex-USS Boise, CL 47) underway circa 1954, location unknown Robert Hurst
Boise
0404721
184k

Starboard side view of Nueve De Julio (ex-USS Boise, CL 47), circa 1964, location unknown. Note the sail boats aft.

Official Argentine Navy Photo.

Robert Hurst

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
McCandlish, Benjamin Vaughan, CAPT COMO 08/02/1938 - 08/1940
Robinson, Stephen Boutwell, CAPT   08/28/1940 - 01/1942
Moran, Edward J. (Mike), CAPT RADM 01/28/1942
Culver, Burtnett Kent, CDR VADM 02/10/1943 - 1944
Thebaud, Leo Hewlett, CAPT   03/23/1944
Roberts, John Summerfield, CAPT  

09/25/1943

Downes, Willard Merrill, CAPT   12/16/1944 - 08/31/1945
Hartman, Charles Clifford, CAPT RADM 08/31/1945 - 01/01/1946

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


USS BOISE (CL 47) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Melvin R. Howard
Address: 44 Great Oak Drive, Churchville, PA 18966
Phone: (215) 322-9125
E-mail: None

Date: Sept 21-25, 2006
Location: San Antonio, TX



Note About Contacts.

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