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USS JUNEAU (CL 52)


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CLASS - ATLANTA
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
Keel laid on 27 MAY 1940 by the Federal Shipbuilding Co., Kearny, NJ.
Launched 25 OCT 1941
Commissioned 14 FEB 1942
Fate: Torpedoed and sunk by Japanese submarine I-26 on 13 NOV 1942 while withdrawing after the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.

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Juneau 101k

Ready for launching, at the Federal Shipbuilding Company yard, Kearny, New Jersey, 25 October 1941.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-28147.

National Archives
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Sliding down the ways at the Federal Shipbuilding Company yard, Kearny, New Jersey, during her launching ceremonies, 25 October 1941.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-28154.

National Archives
Juneau 97k

Afloat just after being launched at the Federal Shipbuilding Company yard, Kearny, New Jersey, 25 October 1941.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-28149.

National Archives
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USS Juneau (CL 52) In New York Harbor, 11 February 1942.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-28143.

National Archives
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USS Juneau (CL 52) In New York Harbor, 11 February 1942. Note camouflage scheme applied to this newly-completed cruiser.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-28144.

National Archives
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11 February 1942 starboard broadside of the Juneau underway in her original MS12 (modified) camouflage scheme.

National Archives photo #19-N-28145

Mike Green
Juneau
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Starboard bow view while tied up at the New York Navy Yard.

U.S. Navy Photo.

Greg Saunders
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Rear Admiral Adolphus Andrews, Commander, Third Naval District, speaking at Juneau's commissioning ceremonies. Photographed at the New York Navy Yard, 14 February 1942.

U.S. Navy Photo.

Greg Saunders
Juneau
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Captain Lyman K. Swenson (left), ship's Commanding Officer, receives the congratulations of Rear Admiral Adolphus Andrews, Commander, Third Naval District, at Juneau's commissioning ceremonies. Photographed at the New York Navy Yard, 14 February 1942. Captain Swenson was lost with his ship following the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, 13 November 1942.

U.S. Navy photo

Greg Saunders
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Ships company on the fantail during commissioning ceremonies. Photographed at the New York Navy Yard, 14 February 1942.

U.S. Navy Photo.

Greg Saunders
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The five Sullavan brothers on board USS Juneau (CL 52) at the time of her commissioning ceremonies at the New York Navy Yard, 14 February 1942. All were lost with the ship following the 13 November 1942 Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. The brothers are (from left to right): Joseph, Francis, Albert, Madison and George Sullivan.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 52362.

USNHC
Juneau
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345k Bow view of the USS Juneau on 19 March 1942 receiving final pre-service modifications at New York Navy Yard before the hull’s MS12 (modified) camouflage scheme was modified to a dark, irregular wave pattern with a false bow design. The destroyer USS Aaron Ward (DD-483) is tied up alongside the Juneau.

National Archives photo #19-N-31279.

Mike Green

 

Juneau
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Port side view, looking aft, of the USS Juneau (CL 52) at New York Navy Yard on 19 March 1942. Easily seen here is Mount 4-5”/38 gun mount, port quadruple 21” torpedo tube mount, 20mm clipping room (1), port 20mm gun stations (2), boat crane and 2-36” searchlights on the aft stack. In the distance astern is the USS Atlanta (CL-51).

U.S. National Archives, Photo #19-N-31270

Mike Green
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Port side view, looking forward, of the USS Juneau (CL 52) at New York Navy Yard on 19 March 1942. Seen in this photo is-5”/38 Mount 4 gun and the Mount 6 gun crew entry hatch. The mainmast has been prepared for the SC-1 radar installation. Prominent and identified here is the storage trunk for empty 1.1”/75 cases and the aft 1.1”75 machine cannon guns.

U.S. National Archives, Photo #19-N-31270

Mike Green
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Bow view of Mounts 1, 2 and 3 of the USS Juneau (CL 52) on 19 March 1942 at New York Navy Yard. Prominent items, in the bridge structure area are the foremast alterations for the SC-1 radar installation, with the crow’s nest immediately below, forward port and starboard 1.1”/75 machine cannon mounts. In the foreground the anchor and paravane equipment is easily seen.

U.S. National Archives, Photo #19-N-31282

Mike Green
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Starboard view of the USS Juneau (CL 52) looking aft on 19 March 1942 at the New York Navy Yard.. The 40’ motor launch and 35’ captain gig are stored amidships, with the starboard 26’ whale boat hanging in from the davit in it’s ‘in port position’. Just aft of the boat storage area is the boat crane and the rear stack with it’s 2-36” searchlights on each side. The arrows point to the 20mm guns and the starboard clipping room.

U.S. National Archives, Photo #19-N-31270

Mike Green
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USS Juneau (CL 52) Photographed off New York City, 1 June 1942. She has a barge alongside her starboard quarter. Her superstructure retains its original camouflage scheme, but her hull has been repainted to a different pattern.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-31264.

National Archives
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USS Juneau (CL 52) Off New York City, 1 June 1942, with a Lee and Simmons company barge alongside. Note differing camouflage schemes applied to hull and superstructure.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-31263.

National Archives
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250k Bow ahead view of the Juneau loading ammunition charges on 1 June 1942 off the New York Navy Yard. Easily seen are two of the Juneau’s launches tied up to the boat booms, with the ammunition barges tied up astern.

National Archives photo #19-N-31267
Mike Green
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348k 1 June 1942 stern view of the Juneau showing depth charge racks, smoke generators and the stern anchor. Ammunition barges are tied up to the ship, as 5”/38 powder charges are loaded aboard, with the ‘BRAVO’ flag (ammunition loading in progress) flying from her inner halyard.

National Archives photo #19-N-31268
Mike Green
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USS Juneau in harbor, probably at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, with survivors of USS Wasp (CV-7) on board. Wasp had been sunk by a Japanese submarine on 15 September 1942. Note the top of one of USS Laffey's (DD 459) 5"/38 guns and a quadruple 1.1”/75 machine cannon in the foreground.


Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. Cropped from Photo #: NH 97866

Mike Green
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USS Juneau (CL 52) Firing on attacking Japanese aircraft (marked by arrows), during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, 26 October 1942.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #80-G-33331.

Scott Dyben/National Archives

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Swenson, Lyman Knute, CAPT   02/14/1942 - 11/13/1942

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


USS JUNEAU (CL 52) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
CL 52 - CLAA 119

Contact Name: Mr. Kenneth R Cook
Address: 63 Fort Royal Ave Charleston, SC, 29407-6000
Phone: 803-556-8102
E-mail: kcook119@bellsouth.net


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.


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