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Displacement 6,000 Tons, Dimensions, 541' 0" (oa) x 53' 2" x 26' 6" (Max)
Armament 16 x 5"/38AA, 16 x 1.1", 16 x 40mm, 8 x 20mm, 8 x 21" tt.
Armor, 3 3/4" Belt, 1 1/4" Turrets, 1 1/4" Deck, 2 1/2" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 75,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 32.5 Knots, Crew 650.
Operational and Building Data
Ordered 25 APR 1939
Keel laid on 22 APR 1940 by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Kearny, NJ
Launched 06 SEP 1941
Commissioned 24 DEC 1941
Stricken 13 JAN 1943
Fate: Abandoned and sunk with a demolition charge on 13 NOV 1942 after being disabled by a torpedo and gunfire during the Battle of Guadalcanal.

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Presidential Unit Commendation
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal

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Brooklyn Navy Yard (24 Dec 1941) – Attending the commissioning of the cruiser this morning was Miss Margaret Mitchell who was sponsor of the ship (center) with Captain Samuel P. Jenkins (left) commanding officer of the cruiser Atlanta and Commander Campbell O. Emery (Right) is the Executive Officer aboard the cruiser Atlanta. The ship was commissioned today at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Image courtesy of Acme Newspictures

Bill Gonyo
454k Atlanta (CL 51) - Sponsor: Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind Dale Hargrove
Atlanta 71k

USS Atlanta (CL 51) Slides down the building ways, during launching ceremonies at the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company shipyard, Kearny, New Jersey, 6 September 1941.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-27284.

Edward H. Cleary/National Archives
109k Scene on the ship's fantail, during her commissioning ceremonies at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y., 24 December 1941. Standing in the foreground are (left to right):

Captain Samuel P. Jenkins, Commanding Officer;
Rear Admiral Adolphus Andrews;
Margaret Mitchell (Mrs. John R. Marsh), ship's Sponsor;
Captain Harold V. McKittrick; and
Rear Admiral Edward J. Marquart.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 57451.

Bill Gonyo
Atlanta 86k As Completed. USN
Atlanta 66k Another view as completed, most likely on builders trials. USN
131k USS Atlanta (CL 51) starboard broadside view taken circa 1941.

Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo #NH 51840

Mike Green
Atlanta 132k

USS Atlanta (CL 51) underway, probably at the time of her trials, circa November 1941.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 57453.

Edward H. Cleary/USNHC
Atlanta 8k

USS Atlanta (CL 51) running trials off Rockland, Maine, 26 November 1941.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-27299-A.

Joe Radigan/National Archives
Atlanta 71k

USS Atlanta (CL 51) steaming at high speed, probably during her trials, circa November 1941.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 57455.

Atlanta 77k

USS Atlanta (CL 51) In Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, May 1942.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97806.


The light cruiser USS Atlanta (CL 51), foreground, and the Heavy Cruiser USS Vincennes (CA 44) manoeuver near the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV 8) during the Battle of Midway. A wartime photo censor has removed the radar antenna from the Atlanta's foremast. Also, Atlanta was the only US Light Cruiser to participate in the battle.

U.S. Navy photo

Robert Hurst
Atlanta 111k

USS Atlanta (CL 51) Comes alongside USS San Francisco (CA 38) to refuel, 16 October 1942.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97807.

Edward H. Cleary/USNHC
Atlanta 71k

USS Atlanta (CL 51) - Backing down in a south Pacific harbor, 25 October 1942..

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-266844.

Scott Dyben/National Archives

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Jenkins, Samuel Power, CAPT 1915   12/24/1941 - 11/13/1942

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

USS ATLANTA (CL 51) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
None Located

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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.
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