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USS CLEVELAND (CL 55)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - India - Charlie - Mike

CLASS - CLEVELAND
Displacement 10,000 Tons, Dimensions, 610' 1" (oa) x 66' 4" x 25' (Max)
Armament 12 x 6"/47, 12 x 5"/38AA, 28 x 40mm, 10 x 20mm, 4 Aircraft
Armor, 5" Belt, 6" Turrets, 2" Deck, 5" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 100,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 32.5 Knots, Crew 1255.
Operational and Building Data
Ordered 23 MAR 1940
Keel laid on 01 JUN 1940 by the New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ.
Launched 01 NOV 1941
Commissioned 15 JUN 1942
Decommissioned 07 FEB 1947
Stricken 01 MAR 1959
Fate: Sold for scrap on 18 FEB 1960 to sold to Boston Metals, Baltimore, MD

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (12) - European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy WWII Occupation Medal w/ASIA Clasp - Philippine Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal


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Cleveland
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Christining of Cleveland at New York Shipbuilding Corp.

Philadelphia Maratime Museum

Ron Reeves
Cleveland 89k Late War Image. Undated. USN
Cleveland 29k Small port side view. USN
Cleveland 9k Port bow view, date unknown. J. C. Shields
Cleveland 184k

USS Cleveland (CL 55) Under construction, at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey, 1 October 1941. She was launched one month later. This view looks forward from amidships, and shows the armored barbettes for her forward six-inch gun turrets.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-31744.

National Archives
Cleveland 181k

USS Cleveland (CL 55) Under construction, at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey, 1 October 1941. She was launched one month later. This view looks aft from amidships, and shows the armored barbettes for her after six-inch gun turrets, with her aircraft hangar hatch at the stern.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-31741.

National Archives
Cleveland 96k

USS Cleveland (CL 55) Underway at sea in late 1942. Note that the ship's forward six-inch gun turrets and gun director appear to be tracking the photo aircraft.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 55173.

USNHC
Cleveland 248

USS Cleveland (CL 55) docked in floating drydock ABSD 1, Jan 1944 at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides.

U.S. Navy photo #2173-44

Darryl Baker
Cleveland 76k

USS Cleveland (CL 55) In floating drydock ABSD 1, at Aessi Island, off Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, 12 January 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98059.

USNHC
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USS Cleveland (CL 55) With her crew paraded on deck for Captain's inspection, 28 March 1944. She was then serving in the Southwest Pacific area.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98058.

USNHC
Cleveland
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107k General Douglas MacArthur confides with the commanding officer of the cruiser USS Cleveland (CL 55) Captian Herbert G. Hopwood in early summer of 1945.

Photo from the MacArthur Library and Museum in Norfolk, VA.

Bill Gonyo
Cleveland 146k 27 March 1946 photo of the ship off Cape Cod showing the beginnings of her peacetime appearance. Boats have replaced planes. Due to overweight and stability problems, the starboard catapult has been removed along with the range finders on #1 and #4 turrets. USN

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Burrough, Edmund Weidemann, CAPT VADM 06/15/1942 - 06/17/1943
Shepard, Andrew Gilbert, CAPT RADM 06/17/1943 - 11/1943
Hopwood, Herbert Gladstone, CAPT ADM 08/14/1944 - 07/03/1945
Maguire, Charles Joseph, CAPT RADM 07/03/1945 - 12/1945
Bolam, Cecil Austen, LCDR (38)   10/10/1946 - 02/07/1947

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


USS CLEVELAND (CL 55) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Harold White
Address: 4806 Camino Costado, San Clemente, CA 92673
Phone: 949-361-9083
E-mail: ejbrockett@comline.com
Date: 19-23 September 2007
Location: Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri

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 Cleveland Reunion Association
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