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USS MOBILE (CL 63)


     
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Echo - Tango

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 14 APR 1941 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA
Launched 15 MAY 1942
Commissioned 24 MAR 1943
Decommissioned 09 MAY 1947
Stricken 1 MAR 1959
Fate: Sold for scrap on 16 DEC 1959 to Zidell Explorations, Inc., Portland OR.

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Combat Action Ribbon
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (11) - 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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Mobile
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396k Christening of the USS Mobile (CL 63) by Mrs. Harry T. Hartwell, wife of the Commissioner of Mobile, Alabama. Dale Hargrave
Mobile
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135k Photo caption "NKI - NORFOLK, VA. MAY 15--The cruiser Mobile sliding down they ways of the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock here today. The ship as launched with very little of the usual fanfare. (US NAVY PHOTO BY ASSOCIATED PRESS)(AP WIREPHOTO WCA61917USN) 1942 Tommy Trampp
Mobile
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65k Another photo of Mobile being launched. Ron Reeves
Mobile
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603k News story about the launching of the Mobile. Ron Reeves
Mobile 95k late war, final appearence. USN
Mobile 90k

USS Mobile (CL 63) Off the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 14 April 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98164.

USNHC
Mobile 94k April 14, 1943 as completed, Taken at the same time as #2 above. USN
Mobile 92k

USS Mobile (CL 63) Off the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 14 April 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98165.

USNHC
Mobile
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Plan view Starboard side, Mare Island, CA, 18 July 1943

U.S. Navy Photo Photo #5211-43

Pieter Bakels
Mobile
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Plan view midships looking aft, Mare Island, CA, 18 July 1943

U.S. Navy Photo Photo #5209-43

Pieter Bakels
Mobile 67k

USS Mobile (CL 63) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 18 July 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98168.

USNHC
Mobile 164k Broadside view of the USS Mobile (CL 63) off Mare Island Navy Yard on 18 July 1943. She was departing the yard after a short overhaul which started on 30 June and ended 18 July 43. Mare Island / Darryl Baker
Mobile 163k

USS Mobile (CL 63) Plan view amidships, looking aft, taken from a pierside crane at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 18 July 1943. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship. Note: antennas for SG radar atop the fore and main masts; Mark 34 and Mark 37 gun directors, with antennas for Mark 8 and Mark 4 radars atop them; fully-equipped life rafts.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98169.

USNHC
Mobile 101k

Mark 34 Gun Director, with antenna for a Mark 8 ("FH") Fire Control Radar mounted on top of the forward superstructure of USS Mobile (CL 63), at the the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 18 July 1943. This view is cropped from Photo # NH 98169.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 84813.

USNHC
Mobile 338k Forward plan view of the USS Mobile (CL 63) at Mare Island on 18 July 1943. Mare Island / Darryl Baker
Mobile 160k

USS Mobile (CL 63) Plan view amidships, looking forward, taken from a pierside crane at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 18 July 1943. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98171.

USNHC
Mobile 151k

USS Mobile (CL 63) Plan view aft, taken from a pierside crane at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 18 July 1943. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship, in this case newly-installed life rafts and floater nets. Note OS2U "Kingfisher" floatplanes atop the ship's catapults.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98170.

USNHC
Mobile
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A U.S. Navy Vought OS2U Kingfisher on board the light cruiser USS Mobile (CL 63) enroute to Marcus Island in August 1943. Mobile was assigned to Take Force 15, centered around the aircraft carriers USS Essex (CV 9), USS Yorktown (CV 10), and USS Independence (CVL 22), which attacked Marcus Island on 31 August. Also part of TF 15 were the battleship Indiana, the cruisers Nashville and Mobile, and the destroyers La Valette, Stevens, Ringgold, Schroeder, Sigsbee, Thatcher, Harrison, John Rodgers, McKee, Dashiell, Halford and the oiler Guadalupe. Note the ships on the horizon, Nashville on the left, Indiana in the center and Essex or Yorktown on the right.

U.S. Navy photo #80-G-470528 available from the National Archives and Records Administration ARC Identifier # 520886

Robert Hurst
Mobile 94k

USS Mobile (CL 63) Underway in the Pacific, October 1943, probably at the time of the raid on Marcus Island. Photographed by Lieutenant Commander Charles Kerlee, USNR.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98166.

USNHC
Mobile 77k

USS Mobile (CL 63) Underway in the Pacific, with an SBD aircraft flying overhead. Taken during combat operations in October 1943, probably at the time of the raid on Marcus Island. Photographed by Lieutenant Commander Charles Kerlee, USNR.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98167.

USNHC
Mobile 91k

USS Mobile (CL 63) View on the ship's fantail, looking across her open aircraft hangar hatch toward the starboard quarter, during the October 1943 raid on Marcus Island. Vought OS2U "Kingfisher" floatplanes are on her catapults. The plane on the starboard catapult has a small bomb under its wing. USS Yorktown (CV 10) is in the center distance. Photographed by Photographer's Mate Alphonso Ianelli.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-K-15825.

National Archives
Mobile 91k

USS Mobile (CL 63) Preparing to launch a Vought OS2U "Kingfisher" floatplane from her port catapult, during the October 1943 raid on Marcus Island. Note the 40mm twin gun mount in the foreground, with a man in the gun tub holding a red flag. Photographed by Photographer's Mate Alphonso Ianelli.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-K-15826.

National Archives
Mobile
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86k Ship's scoreboard

Ron Reeves

Mobile 59k

USS Mobile (CL 63) In San Francisco Bay, California, circa late 1945. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1973.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 77364.

USNHC

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Wheeler, Charles Julian, CAPT RADM 03/24/1943 - 07/29/1944
Miller, Christopher Chaffe, CAPT   07/29/1944 - 08/28/1945
Lewis, Thomas Lawrence, CAPT   08/28/1945 - 08/1946
Spangler, John Gilmore, CDR   08/1946 - 05/09/1947

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


USS MOBILE (CL 63) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Next Reunion, Denver, Colorado, September 6-10, 2000, Denver West Marriott
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