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USS HONOLULU (CL 48)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Echo - Kilo - Juliet


Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski
CLASS - BROOKLYN
Displacement 9,650 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 26 AUG 1937
Commissioned 15 JUN 1938
Decommissioned 03 FEB 1947
Fate: Sold as scrap to Bethlehem Steel, Baltimore, Maryland on 12 OCT 1959

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By And/Or Copyright
Honolulu 62k Undated, pre-war image. USN
Honolulu 79k Starboard quarter view while underway in 1938. Robert Hirst
Honolulu
0404820
100k USS Honolulu (CL 48) at Portsmouth, England, September 1938 Robert Hirst
Honolulu 18k Port side view taken on 30th January, 1942, location unknown. Note the searchlight platform and wide bridge (Caption updated by Bob Hirst). USN
Honolulu 75k Undated, Overhead Pre War showing details of class. USN
Honolulu 64k USS Sabine (AO 25) refueling USS Honolulu (CL 48), date and place unknown. Auke Visserīs ESSO Tanker web site
Honolulu 78k Post card, Remembering her Shakedown cruise in 1938. Jesse P. Mannix
Honolulu
0404835
109k USS Honolulu (CL 48) underway at sea, 9 February 1939.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 53562.

USNHC
Honolulu 111k

In Honolulu Harbor, Hawaii, 14 July 1939. The Aloha Tower is in the right background.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives #80-G-451205.

Scott Dyben/Robert Hurst
Honolulu 123k

USS Honolulu (CL 48) operating off Hawaii on 5 November 1941, with her aircraft recovery mat draped over her stern. The ship is painted in dark Measure 1 camouflage, but her boats are still in peacetime light grey.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-279383.

Scott Dyben
Honolulu
0404833
95k Damage on the port side of the cruiser's hull, extending fore and aft about 40 feet from about Frame 40. It was produced by a Japanese 250 kilogram bomb that exploded about 20 feet away during the 7 December 1941 air raid on Pearl Harbor. The blast dished-in the hull five or six feet, resulting in heavy flooding inside the ship.
Photographed in Drydock Number One at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 13 December 1941. View looks forward, with the ship's armor belt immediately above the damage area.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Historical Center (NH 64478).

USNHC
Honolulu
0404834
144k Drydocked at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 13 December 1941, showing damage below the waterline inflicted by a Japanese bomb that exploded nearby during the 7 December 1941 air raid. Note what appears to be a light toned paint scheme on the ship's side above the boot topping. Collection of Vice Admiral Homer N. Wallin.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Historical Center (NH 83060).

USNHC
Honolulu
0404841
579k

Plan view aft, Mare Island, CA, 24 October 1942.

Mare Island Navy Yard Photo #6602-42

Ed Zajkowski
Honolulu
0404842
545k

Plan view forward, Mare Island CA, 24 October 1942

Mare Island Navy Yard Photo #6599-42

Ed Zajkowski
Honolulu
0404822
71k

Starboard bow view while off Mare Island Navy Yard, 26 October 1942.

Photograph from the collections of NARA San Francisco, Mare Island Naval Shipyard Ships Files

Tracy White
Honolulu
0404836
45k Starboard side view while off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 26 October 1942.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-36362.

USNHC
Honolulu
0404823
70k

Starboard quarter view while off Mare Island Navy Yard, 26 October 1942.

Photograph from the collections of NARA San Francisco, Mare Island Naval Shipyard Ships Files

Tracy White
Honolulu 122k

USS Honolulu (CL 48), at left Returning from the Battle of Kula Gulf, at 0810 hrs on 6 July 1943. Also visible are USS St. Louis (CL 49), at right, and a Fletcher class destroyer. Photographed from USS Nicholas (DD 449). The original photograph came from Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison's World War II history project working files.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 83012.

Fred Weiss
Honolulu
0404832
70k Injured survivors from USS Helena, sunk at the Battle of Kula Gulf, being transfered from USS Nicholas (DD 449) to USS Honolulu (CL 48). Mike Green
Honolulu
0404827
44k

Dawn, 13 July 1943 - Enroute Tulagi Harbor - View of forecastle from the Navigation Bridge. At this time the ship was making turns for 22 knots, using boiler power for 29 knots, and making 16 knots through the water.

Photograph from NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence, 1941-45

Tracy White
Honolulu
0404824
26k

Dawn, 13 July 1943 - Enroute Tulagi Harbor - View of the stern showing 21" by 21" hole on centerline above the waterline left by the dud torpedo. Initial reports on this torpedo protruding from the stern were doubted as investigators sent aft after the stern was evacuated found no torpedo - it having fallen out. Sounding in the vicinity were dry. D-415-A, spare parts had no sounding tube. Subsequent investigation disclosed the hole and about
3 feet of watev in D-415-A, spare parts.

Photograph from NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence, 1941-45

Tracy White
Honolulu
0404825
41k

13 July 1943 - Tulagi Harbor - View of dud torpedo hole in stern. At this time a patch was welded over the hole.

Photograph from NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence, 1941-45

Tracy White
Honolulu 131k

Battle of Kolombangara, 13 July 1943 - USS Honolulu (CL 48) in Tulagi Harbor, Solomon Islands, for temporary repair of damage received when she was torpedoed in the bow during the Battle of Kolombangara. USS Vireo (AT 144) is assisting the damaged cruiser. Note billboard on the hillside beyond Honolulu's collapsed bow. See Photo # 80-G-259446 (cropped) for a close-up view of this sign.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #NH 83012.

Jerry Mason/Scott Dyben
Honolulu 123k

Battle of Kolombangara, 13 July 1943 - Collapsed bow of USS Honolulu (CL 48), after she was torpedoed in the Battle of Kolombangara. Photographed while she was under repair at Tulagi on 20 July 1943. Note anchor chain and other foredeck details.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives #80-G-259422.

Scott Dyben
Honolulu
0404828
39k

View of crane taking underwater section of bow to the beach. The bow was finally landed on the beach by 2 cranes and bulldozers, where it was cut up; the structure, fittings, and miscellaneous equipment contained therein salvaged.

Photograph from NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence, 1941-45

Tracy White
Honolulu
0404829
42k

View of the hull after the the damaged bow had been removed.

Photograph from NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence, 1941-45

Tracy White
Honolulu
0404830
35k

View of first deck stringer in place on the third deck. Most of the cutting away of scrap metal has been accomplished. At this time the draft forward was about 19 feet, ammunition, fuel oil, and the damaged bow having been removed.

Photograph from NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence, 1941-45

Tracy White
Honolulu
0404831
33k

Construction of a temporary bow is underway.

Photograph from NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence, 1941-45

Tracy White
Honolulu 79k

USS Honolulu (CL 48) underway near Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, on 7 August 1943, en route to Pearl Harbor for battle damage repairs. She has been fitted with a short false bow as a temporary replacement for that lost in the Battle of Kolombangara, 13 July 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives #80-G-259466.

Scott Dyben/Jerry Mason
Honolulu
0404837
307k

Port bow view while moored in Pearl Harbor before entering Drydock to replace the damaged bow. Photo taken 16 AUG 1943.

NARA San Francisco, Mare Island Naval Shipyard General Correspondence Files, 1939-47

Tracy White
Honolulu
0404840
493k

Bow area after termporary bow and forward area to frame 21 has been removed from the main deck to deck 3.

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

Tracy White
Honolulu
0404839
393k

Drydocked at Pearl Harbor Navy Shipyard on 20 August 1943

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

Tracy White
Honolulu
0404826
69k

Drydocked at Pearl Harbor Navy Shipyard on 23 August 1943. The damaged bow is being inspected prior to removal prior to installation of the replacement bow.

Photograph from NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence, 1941-45

Tracy White
Honolulu
0404838
393k

Damaged lower bow, 3rd deck down from Frame 21 forward, after having been removed while in drydock at Pearl Harbor. Note the ripples in the deck from the explosion.

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

Tracy White
Honolulu
0404821
75k

Port bow view of the USS Honolulu (CL 48) off Mare Island on 12 November 1943.

Photograph from the collections of NARA San Francisco, Mare Island Naval Shipyard Ships Files

Tracy White
Honolulu 193k

Stern view of the USS Honolulu (CL 48) off Mare Island on 12 November 1943.

U.S. Navy Photo #7618-43.

Darryl Baker
Honolulu 243k

Broadside view of the USS Honolulu (CL 48) off Mare Island on 12 November 1943 near the conclusion of her overhaul at the yard. She was under repairs from 6 Sep to 16 Nov 1943.

U.S. Navy Photo #7620-43.

Darryl Baker
Honolulu 167k

Bow view of the USS Honolulu (CL 48) off Mare Island on 12 November 1943.

U.S. Navy Photo #7622-43.

Darryl Baker
Honolulu
0404847
501k The light cruiser USS Honolulu (CL 48) unleashes her batteries during a bombardment of the Shortland Islands in November, 1943.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 2012.055.012

Robert Hurst
Honolulu
0404845
366k

USS Honolulu (CL 48) anchored at an unknown location in 1944. The ship is painted with the MS32/2C camouflage scheme.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 2012.055.010

Robert Hurst
Honolulu
0404846
400k Starboard view of the USS Honolulu (CL 48) underway at an unknown location in 1944. The ship is painted with the MS32/2C camouflage scheme.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 2012.055.009

Robert Hurst
Honolulu
0404849
71k Sailors performing and watching a show aboard the USS Honolulu during WWII. This is a great glimpse into how the time was passed between battles.
Tommy Tramp
Honolulu
0404850
98k Sailors performing and watching a show aboard the USS Honolulu during WWII. This is a great glimpse into how the time was passed between battles. Tommy Tramp
Honolulu
0404851
80k Sailors performing and watching a show aboard the USS Honolulu during WWII. This is a great glimpse into how the time was passed between battles. Tommy Tramp
Honolulu 126k

USS Honolulu (CL 48) in a south Pacific port, probably during the spring of 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 32, Design 2c. This image was received by the Naval Photographic Science Laboratory on 10 July 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-K-1637.

Fred Weiss
Honolulu
0404852
100k

USS Honolulu is beached with torpedo damage off the Leyte beaches 20 October 1944. USS Richard P Leary (DD 664) is alongside.

From NA SC255837

John Chiquoine
Honolulu 123k

Invasion of Leyte, October 1944 - USS Honolulu (CL 48) beached off Leyte on 21 October 1944, after she had been torpedoed. Fleet tug USS Potawatomi (ATF 109) lies alongside Honolulu's port bow, USS Menominee (ATF 73) is alongside to starboard.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives 80-G-289685.

Scott Dyben/Robert Hurst
Honolulu 157k Photo shows ship in dry dock in Norfolk, VA for repair after being struck by aerial torpedo off the Philippines on 20 OCT 1944. USN
Honolulu
0404843
40k   Tommy Trampp
Honolulu
0404844
39k   Tommy Trampp
Equipment Manuals
Brooklyn
0404045
142k Instructions GEI-9316 - Generator and Distribution Switchboards for United States Cruisers CL-40, CL-41 and CL-48. Ed Zajkowski
Brooklyn
0404040
504k Photos from booklet "Instructions GEI-9316 - Generator and Distribution Switchboards for United States Cruisers CL-40, CL-41 and CL-48". Ed Zajkowski
Brooklyn
0404041
503k Photos from booklet "Instructions GEI-9316 - Generator and Distribution Switchboards for United States Cruisers CL-40, CL-41 and CL-48". Ed Zajkowski
Brooklyn
0404042
531k Photos from booklet "Instructions GEI-9316 - Generator and Distribution Switchboards for United States Cruisers CL-40, CL-41 and CL-48". Ed Zajkowski
Brooklyn
0404043
528k Photos from booklet "Instructions GEI-9316 - Generator and Distribution Switchboards for United States Cruisers CL-40, CL-41 and CL-48". Ed Zajkowski
Brooklyn
0404044
570k Photos from booklet "Instructions GEI-9316 - Generator and Distribution Switchboards for United States Cruisers CL-40, CL-41 and CL-48". Ed Zajkowski

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Smith Jr., Oscar, CAPT   06/15/1938 -
Dodd, Harold, CAPT   ~1941 - 08/03/1942
Hayler Sr., Robert Ward, CAPT ADM 08/03/1942 - 03/1944
Thurber, Harry Raymond, CAPT VADM 10/1944 -
Pullen, Harold Frederick, CDR RADM 06/15/1945 - 11/1945
Lederer Jr., William Julius, CDR   11/1945 - 03/1946
Wallace, William Edward, CDR   03/1946 - 06/14/1946

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


USS HONOLULU (CL-48) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Glenn C Willmann
Address: 1811 Pine St Highland, IL, 62249-2525
Phone: 618-654-9767
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.
Pearl Harbor Attack - USS Honolulu Action Report from the Naval Historical Center.

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