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USS SAN JUAN (CL/CLAA 54)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Charlie - Echo - Lima

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 15 MAY 1940 by the Bethlehem Steel Co. (Fore River), Quincy, MA
Launched 06 SEP 1941
Commissioned 28 FEB 1942
Decommissioned 09 NOV 1946
Redesignated CLAA 54 28 FEB 1949
Stricken 01 MAR 1959
Fate: Sold for scrap 31 OCT 1961 to National Metals and Steel Co., Terminal Island, CA

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San Juan
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130k Photo caption reads: "(NY38)QUINCY, MASS., SEPT.6-AS ACUISER SAN JUAN HIT THE WATER-Guided by tugs, the light cruiser San Juan gets squared away in the Fore River Yard here after she slid down the ways in launching ceremonies today. (AP WIREPHOTO)(SEE STORY)(A72207 BXSTF)41" Tommy Trampp
BB-59 Massachusetts 5.6m

Hull # 1478, otherwise known as Massachusetts (BB 59), and some new additions to Uncle Sam's arsenal rise from the outfitting dock waters of Bethlehem Steel, Quincy, MA. on 8 October 1941. To the right of Massachusetts is Sinclar Superflame, Hull # 1490, San Diego (CL 53), Hull # 1479 & San Juan (CL 54), Hull # 1480.

Bureau of Ships photo # 29559.

Pieter Bakels & Robert Hurst

San Juan 87k January 1942, Fore River shipyard, Quincy, Mass. San Diego (outboard) and San Juan (CL 54) just prior to commissioning. Port side view. USN
San Juan
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677k Nice undated overhead photo. Andrew Payne
San Juan 90k

USS San Juan (CL 54) crewmen at general quarters, while the ship was at sea, circa 1942. View looks aft from the after superstructure. Note flash-protection clothing worn by the men, 1.1" quadruple anti-aircraft machine gun mount in left center, 5"/38 guns beyond, and depth charges on "K-gun" throwers by the main deck edge. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Vice Admiral James E. Maher, USN, who was San Juan's Commanding Officer at the time of this photograph.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 83072.

Fred Weiss/USNHC
San Juan
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Aerial photo taken in 1942, location unknown. Note the K-Gun launchers on the fantail.

USN Photo

David Buell
San Juan
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Port bow view while at anchor, location unknown, 1942.

USN Photo.

David Buell
San Juan 57k

USS San Juan (CL 54) Off Boston, Massachusetts, 11 April 1942.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-29078.

National Archives
San Juan
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105k USS San Juan (CL 54) off Boston Navy Yard on 19 May 1942 on her shakedown. The ship is painted with a non-standard MS12 (modified) camouflage scheme. After shakedown in the Atlantic, the San Juan departed on 5 June 1942, as part of a carrier task group formed around USS Wasp (CV-7) bound for the Pacific.

National Archives photo #19-N-30065.
Mike Green
San Juan
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143k

Starboard quarter view while at anchor taken 31 May 1942, off Boston Navy Yard.

USN Photo.

David Buell

San Juan 180k

USS San Juan (CL 54) Off Norfolk, Virginia, 3 June 1942.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-31525.

National Archives
San Juan
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357k

Starboard quarter view off Norfolk, Virginia, 3 June 1942.

U.S. Navy photo

David Buell
San Juan
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409k

Starboard side view off Norfolk, Virginia, 3 June 1942.

U.S. Navy photo

David Buell
San Juan
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Starboard side view while at anchor, taken 3 June1942 off of Norfolkm VA.

USN Photo.

David Buell
San Juan 91k

USS San Juan (CL 54) Probably at Noumea, New Caledonia, as seen from USS Wasp (CV-7) on the eve of the Guadalcanal-Tulagi invasion. Photo is dated 3 August 1942.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-K-555.

National Archives
San Juan
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434k USS San Juan (CL 54) coming alongside the USS Wasp (CV-7) on 19 August 1942.

National Archives photo #80-G-12855.
Mike Green
San Juan 113k

USS San Juan (CL 54) In a South Pacific harbor, 30 August 1943. Taken by a USS Saratoga (CV-3) photographer.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97818.

USNHC
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USS San Juan (CL 54) Photograph taken circa 1943-44.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 50246.

USNHC
San Juan 353k

Aft plan view of USS San Juan (CL 54) at Mare Island on 31 Dec 1943. San Juan was in overhaul at Mare Island form 15 Dec 43 until 2 Jan 44. The USS Indianapolis (CA-35) is berthed to the left.

U.S. Navy photo #8453-43.

Darryl Baker
San Juan 306k

Forward plan view of USS San Juan (CL 54) at Mare Island on 31 Dec 1943. San Juan was in overhaul at Mare Island form 15 Dec 43 until 2 Jan 44. The USS Indianapolis (CA-35) is berthed to the right.

U.S. Navy photo #8456-43.

Darryl Baker
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Bow on view of USS San Juan (CL 54) off San Francisco on 1 Jan 44. Oakland Bay Bridge is in the background.

U.S. Navy photo #16-44.

Darryl Baker
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Stern view of USS San Juan (CL 54) off San Francisco on 1 Jan 44.

U.S. Navy photo #19-44.

Darryl Baker
San Juan 153k

Broadside view of USS San Juan (CL 54) off San Francisco on 1 Jan 44.

U.S. Navy photo #18-44.

Darryl Baker
San Juan 87k

Post refit photo taken January 1, 1944 off San Francisco. Additions include; a true open bridge and an aft mounted quadruple 40mm AA gun. Her boat crane, originally mounted in front of the aft stack, was removed as a weight savings consideration.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97819.

USNHC
San Juan 71k

USS San Juan (CL 54) Off San Francisco, California, 14 October 1944. She is wearing camouflage Measure 33, Design 22d.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-90941.

National Archives
San Juan 57k

USS San Juan (CL 54) Off San Francisco, California, 14 October 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 33, Design 22d.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-90942.

National Archives
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  San Juan's scorecard. Andrew Payne

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Maher, James Edward, CAPT VADM 02/28/1942 - 1942
Clark, Guy Wheeler, CAPT   03/24/1943
Donovan Jr., Jerome Francis, CAPT   06/29/1944
Bahm, George Henry, CAPT RADM 03/10/1945
Reagan, Francis Xavier, CAPT   11/1945 - 01/1946
Rhodes, Charles William, CAPT   01/1946 - 11/09/1946

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


USS SAN JUAN (CL/CLAA 54) History
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(Located On The Hazegray & Underway Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. William Carpenter
Address: 1119 Aquia Dr Stafford, VA, 22554-1938
Phone: 540-659-4774
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.
USS San Juan (CL 54) website.
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