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USS DENVER (CL 58)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Delta - Golf

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
Keel laid on 26 DEC 1940 by the New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden NJ.
Launched 04 APR 1942
Commissioned 15 OCT 1942
Decommissioned 07 FEB 1947
Stricken 1 MAR 1959
Fate: Sold for scrap on 29 FEB 1960 to Lipsett Div., of Luria Bros. NYC & scrapped in Port Newark, NJ.

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Denver
0405824
76k

Caption:

"CAMDEN, N.J., April 4--READY...AIM...Lois Jane Stapleton, 16, gets firing instructions from her brother, Ensign Ben F. Stapleton, Jr., as she prepares to christen the new cruiser Denver today. Both are children of Denver's mayor amd Mrs. Ben Stapleton. (AP WIREPHOTO)..."

Ron Reeves
Denver 90k Small late war image. USN
Denver 97k Excellent bows on view, showing much detail. USN
Denver 110k

USS Denver (CL 58) Sliding into the water, during her launching at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey, on 4 April 1942.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 84393.

USNHC
Denver 106k

USS Denver (CL 58) Underway, circa December 1942.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-39431.

National Archives
Denver 76k

USS Denver (CL 58) In a South Pacific harbor, circa 1943. Note signal flags drying on her foremast halyards.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 84397.

USNHC
Denver 73k

USS Denver (CL 58) In a South Pacific harbor, circa 1943.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 84398.

USNHC
Denver
0405826
442k

Torpedo damage diagram for the USS Denver (CL-58) occurring on November 13, 1943 off Treasury Islands.

Navy Department Library, War Damage Report No.53, USS Denver (CL58) Torpedo Damage Treasury Islands November 13, 1943

Mike Green
Denver
0405822
214k

Starboard side photo showing locations of three 8 inch shell impacts (which did not explode) that were received on 1/2 November 1943 and one aerial torpedo hit which occiured on 13 November 1943. Photo taken on 02 Jan 1944 off Mare Island.

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

Tracy White
Denver
0405829
105k

Starboard side shell buckling on the USS Denver (CL 58), as seen in January, 1944 at Mare Island Navy Yard. This buckling is aft looking forward from where the torpedo struck the ship.

Navy Department Library, War Damage Report No.53, USS Denver (CL58) Torpedo Damage Treasury Islands November 13, 1943

Mike Green
Denver
0405830
88k

Temporary starboard hull plating installed at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, as seen at Mare Island Navy Yard in January, 1944. Photo is looking aft, as seen from forward of the torpedo damage area,

Navy Department Library, War Damage Report No.53, USS Denver (CL58) Torpedo Damage Treasury Islands November 13, 1943

Mike Green
Denver
0405828
88k

Permanent shell plating repair of torpedo damage on the USS Denver (CL 58), as seen at Mare Island Navy Yard on 16 March 1944.

Navy Department Library, War Damage Report No.53, USS Denver (CL58) Torpedo Damage Treasury Islands November 13, 1943

Mike Green
Denver
0405820
42k

Plan view midships looking forward during Inclining at Mare Island, CA on 15 April 1944.

U.S. Navy Photo

Pieter Bakels
Denver
0405821
41k

Plan view midships looking aft during Inclining at Mare Island, CA on 15 April 1944.

U.S. Navy Photo #2347-44

Pieter Bakels
Denver 208k

Aft plan view of USS Denver (CL 58) in Mare Island's dry dock #3 on 16 April 1944. She is under going an inclining experiment as indicated by the device between turrets 3 & 4.

U.S. Navy photo #2348-44.

Darryl Baker
Denver 108k

USS Denver (CL 58) Photographed from a crane at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, following overhaul, 1 May 1944. This view looks aft along the port side, with Denver's forward superstructure in the foreground. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship. Note gun directors: a Mark 37 with antenna for a Mark 4 radar on top of the pilothouse; with a Mark 34 with antenna for a Mark 8 radar located just in front of the foremast.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98094.

USNHC
Denver 164k

USS Denver (CL 58) Photographed from a crane at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, following overhaul, 1 May 1944. This view looks aft along the port side, with the ship's after smokestack at left. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship. Note gratings around the 20mm gun in lower center; spare 40mm gun barrels on the deck beside the 40mm quad gun mounting in lower left; Mark 34 Gun Director with antenna for a Mark 8 radar and Mark 37 Gun Director with antenna for a Mark 4 radar atop the after superstructure.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98095.

USNHC
Denver 112k

USS Denver (CL 58) Photographed from a crane at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, following overhaul, 1 May 1944. This view looks aft along the port side, from just off the bow. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship. Denver appears to be flying her Union Jack at half-staff. Note the log and rather dirty water between the ship and the pier.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98093.

USNHC
Denver 140k

USS Denver (CL 58) Photographed from a crane at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, following overhaul, 1 May 1944. This view looks aft along the port side, with Denver's after superstructure at left. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship. Note periscope atop the fire control station at left and open hangar at the stern.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98096.

USNHC
Denver 166k

Bow on view of USS Denver (CL 58) in the Mare Island channel on 3 May 1944.

U.S. Navy photo #2660-44.

Darryl Baker
Denver 166k

Stern view of USS Denver (CL 58) departing Mare Island channel on 3 May 1944.

U.S. Navy photo #2661-44.

Darryl Baker
Denver 16k

USS Denver (CL 58) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, following an overhaul, 3 May 1944. She is painted in camouflage Measure 33, Design 3d.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98090.

USNHC
Denver 86k

USS Denver (CL 58) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, following an overhaul, 3 May 1944. She is painted in camouflage Measure 33, Design 3d.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98089.

USNHC
Denver 79k

USS Denver (CL 58) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, following an overhaul, 3 May 1944. She is painted in camouflage Measure 33, Design 3d.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98091.

USNHC
Denver 77k

USS Denver (CL 58) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, following overhaul, 3 May 1944. She is painted in camouflage Measure 33, Design 3d.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98092.

USNHC
Denver
0405827
85k

USS Denver (CL 58) off Mare Island Navy Yard 3 May 1944 after completion of battle damage repairs and alterations.

Navy Department Library, War Damage Report No.53, USS Denver (CL58) Torpedo Damage Treasury Islands November 13, 1943

Mike Green
Denver 202k

Stern quarter view of USS Denver (CL-58) off Mare Island channel on 9 May 1944. She was in overhaul at the yard from 2 January until 9 May 1944.

U.S. Navy photo #2808-44.

Darryl Baker
Columbia
0405831
160k Portside view while underway in 1944. Note the Measure 32 Design 3D camoflage pattern. Also, photo caption misidentifies the ship as Columbia. Proper identification provided by Richard Jenson. U.S. Navy
Denver
0405819
57k

Port side aerial view while underway, location unknown, 1944.

U.S. Navy Photo.

Pieter Bakels
Denver
0405825
117k Underway at high speed, October 1944. Ron Reeves
Denver
0405823
147k USS Denver, on the left, seen from the camera's vantage on a catapult, 12 Jan 1945 in the South China Sea operating with TG77.3. The tin can pulling away is USS Taylor and the oiler is USS Schuylkill. From Dave's collection. John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Carney, Robert Bostwick (Mick), CAPT ADM 10/15/1942 - 07/24/1943
Briscoe, Robert Pearce, CAPT ADM 07/24/1943 - 02/22/1944
Bledsoe, Albert McQueen, CAPT VADM 02/22/1944 - 04/06/1945
Darden Jr., Thomas Francis, CAPT   04/06/1945 -
Ferguson, James DuGué, CAPT   01/1946 - 10/09/1946
Oelhiem, Bennett Charles, CDR (36)   10/09/1946 - 02/07/1947

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


USS DENVER (CL 58) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: James W. Hyden
Address: 286 River Ridge Pointe, AR, 72227
Phone:
E-mail: Jim.Hyden@hmflaw.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.


Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.
CL-58 USS Denver Deck Log and War Diary on Hazegray & Underway By Andrew Toppan.

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