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USS FLINT/VINCENNES (CL 64)


     
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - India - Xray - Uniform

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - VOLUNTEER


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 01 JUL 1940
Keel laid as USS Flint on 07 MAR 1942 by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Company's Fore River plant, Quincy MA
While Flint was under construction, the Battle of Savo Island occurred in August 1942, during which, the heavy cruiser Vincennes (CA 44) was sunk. In order to perpetuate the name, Flint was renamed Vincennes on 16 October 1942
Launched 17 JUL 1943
Commissioned 21 JAN 1944
Decommissioned 10 SEP 1946
Stricken 01 APR 1966
Fate: Sunk as target on 28 OCT 1969 off Pt. Magu, CA during missile experiments

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Combat Action Ribbon - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (6)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal


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Vincennes
0406429
93k Mrs. Arthur A. Osburn, Jr., sponsor of USS Vincennes (CL 64), poses with the christening bottle, just before Vincennes was launched, at the Bethlehem Steel Company's Fore River Plant, Quincy, Massachusetts, 17 July 1943. As Miss Harriet Virginia Kimmell, Daughter of the Mayor of Vincennes, Indiana, she had also sponsored the previous USS Vincennes (CA 44), launched on 21 May 1936.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, Naval History and Heritage Command collection #NH 93493

USNHHC
Vincennes
0406416
434k A.P. Wirephoto about the launching of Vincennes. Ron Reeves
Vincennes
0406417
246k A.P article about the launching of Vincennes. Ron Reeves
Cleveland
0405625
137k

Camouflage Measure 33, Design 3D

Drawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for a camouflage scheme intended for light cruisers of the CL 55 (Cleveland) class. Ships known to have worn this scheme included USS Columbia (CL 56), USS Denver (CL 58) and USS Vincennes (CL 64). This plan, showing the ship's starboard side, stern, superstructure ends and exposed decks, is dated 23 December 1943 and was approved by Captain Henry A. Ingram, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #80-G-109713

Russ Moody
Cleveland
0405626
110k

Camouflage Measure 33, Design 3D

Drawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for a camouflage scheme intended for light cruisers of the CL 55 (Cleveland) class. Ships known to have worn this scheme included USS Columbia (CL 56), USS Denver (CL 58) and USS Vincennes (CL 64). This plan, showing the ship's port side, is dated 23 December 1943 and was approved by Captain Henry A. Ingram, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #80-G-109714

Russ Moody
Vincennes
0406418
258k Refueling sometime during 1944, location unknown. There is a second Cleveland-Class cruiser to the right. From the collection of Paul Madden. Ed Mackiewicz
Vincennes
0406419
427k Heavy seas sometime during 1944, location unknown. Ed Mackiewicz
Vincennes
0406420
70k Heavy seas sometime during 1944, location unknown. Ed Mackiewicz
Vincennes
0406421
423k Heavy seas sometime during 1944, location unknown. Ed Mackiewicz
Vincennes 97k

USS Vincennes (CL 64) Photographed soon after completion, in early 1944, probably off Boston, Massachusetts. Her camouflage is Measure 33, Design 3d.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 48473.

USNHC
Vincennes 121k

USS Vincennes (CL 64) Steaming off the U.S. East Coast (position 36 52'N, 76 09'W, course 265) at 1700 hours on 28 March 1944. Photographed from a Squadron ZP-14 blimp, from Naval Air Station Weeksville, North Carolina. Altitude was 150 feet. Ship's camouflage is Measure 33, Design 3d.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98186.

USNHC
Vincennes
0406422
1.75m Larger version of previous photo. Ed Mackiewicz
Vincennes 115k

USS Vincennes (CL 64) Steaming off the U.S. East Coast on 31 March 1944. Photographed from a blimp of Squadron ZP-11. Ship's camouflage is Measure 33, Design 3d.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98187.

USNHC
Vincennes 98k

USS Vincennes (CL 64) Underway off the U.S. East Coast (position 41 30'N, 68 50'W, course 331) at 1000 hours on 31 March 1944. Photographed from a Squadron ZP-11 blimp. Ship's camouflage is Measure 33, Design 3d.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98188.

USNHC
Vincennes
0406425
340k Seaplane recovery while underway, 1944, location unknown. The aircraft is a Curtis SC-1 Seahawk. Ed Mackiewicz
Vincennes
0406424
378k Vincennes at Pearl Harbor during the week of 6 May 1944. Ed Mackiewicz
Vincennes
0406423
395k Admiral Chester Nimitz presents Rear Admiral Wilder D. Baker, Commander, Cruiser Division 14, with the Navy Cross aboard the Vincennes. Ed Mackiewicz
Vincennes 138k

USS Vincennes (CL 64) Underway with the Third Fleet, during operations in Philippine waters, December 1944. USS Hancock (CV 19) is in the distance, at left. Photographed by Lieutenant Barrett Gallagher, USNR.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-431077.

USNHC
Vincennes
0406430
760k Ships scoreboard in 1945 Ed Mackiewicz
Vicksburg 51k Shown on February 12, 1945 in formation with the destroyer USS DeHaven (DD 727) as part of TF-58. The ships are leaving Ulithi enroute for air strikes on Japan (photo ID update by John Chiquoine). USN
Vincennes 234k Clean photo taken from USS Bennington (CV 20) [by Lowell Love] reloading from an ammo ship with USS Vincennes (CL 64) alongside and Wasp (CV 18) and USS Massachusetts (BB 59) in the distance. USS Hornet (CV 12) was on the other side of Bennington. March, 1945 (photo ID update by John Chiquoine; Massachusetts identification by Bill Fessenden). Steve Whitby
Vincennes 3m

A Japanese "Zeke" airplane dives toward USS Vincennes (CL 64), during an attack on Task Group 58.1 off Okinawa on 6 April 1945. Note anti-aircraft gun smoke and flame trailing aft of the cruiser. Photographed from USS Miami (CL 89). Tracer shells from Miami and from the destroyer in the center are also visible. This plane crashed into the sea astern of Vincennes.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-324534.

Ed Mackiewicz
Vincennes 91k

A Japanese "Zeke" airplane splashes into the sea astern of USS Vincennes (CL 64), during an attack on Task Group 58.1 off Okinawa on 6 April 1945. The original caption states: "Broadness of splash indicates plane either had no bomb, or that it did not explode, as tall, thin column, characteristic of bomb explosion, is missing." Photographed from USS Miami (CL 89).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-324533.

National Archives
Vincennes
0406432
1m Leaving Okinawa flying the Homeward Bound pennant. Ed Mackiewicz
Vincennes
0406428
1.4m Moored in Pearl Harbor with USS Wasp in the background Ed Mackiewicz
Vincennes
0406427
1.1m Approaching San Francisco in 1945. Ed Mackiewicz
Vincennes
0406431
1.1m San Francisco 1945. Ed Mackiewicz
Vincennes
0406414
495k

Stern view of USS Vincennes (CL 64) at Mare Island on 7 Aug 1945. She was under going repairs at the yard from 7 July to 29 August 1945. Note the open Aircraft Hanger hatch. The ship to the right is the USS Mount McKinley (AGC 7).

U.S. Navy Photo #5830-45

Darryl Baker
Vincennes 130k

USS Vincennes (CL 64) Steaming in San Francisco Bay, California, on 29 August 1945. Photographed from a Naval Air Station Moffett Field, California, aircraft. Ship's camouflage is Measure 22.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98189.

USNHC
Vincennes 49k

USS Vincennes (CL 64) Panoramic photograph of the ship in a U.S. West Coast port, circa Autumn 1945. Courtesy of George Knight, 1983.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 95256.

USNHC
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USS Vincennes (CL 64) Underway, circa 1945. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute Photograph Collection, Annapolis, Maryland.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 95308.

USNHC
Vincennes
0406433
1.4m Inspection, while underway. Nice view of a 40mm mount. Ed Mackiewicz
Vincennes
0406435
1m N (Navagation) Division photo off Guadacanal, 1945. Ed Mackiewicz
Vincennes
0406437
240k Aerographer's Mate Ted Mackiewicz (Contributor's father) on the Starboard 01 Level forward behind 20mm gun tub #7. Ed Mackiewicz
Vincennes
0406436
359k Church Call on the Forecastle. Interesting way to erect an awning. Ed Mackiewicz
1m Newspaper clippings, The Evening Post, 14 November 1945, Auckland, New Zealand Ed Mackiewicz
541k Newspaper clippings, The Auckland Star, 15 November 1945, Auckland, New Zealand Ed Mackiewicz
891k Newspaper clippings, The Evening Post, 21 November 1945, Wellington, New Zealand Ed Mackiewicz
902k Newspaper clippings, The Evening Post, 21 November 1945, Wellington, New Zealand Ed Mackiewicz
Vincennes
0406434
215k Moored in Noumea, New Caledonia, flagship for Rear Admiral Paul Hendren, Commander, South Pacific Area Force, late 1945. Ed Mackiewicz
946k Newspaper clippings, New Zealand Herald, January 1946, Auckland, New Zealand Ed Mackiewicz
1.6m Newspaper clippings, New Zealand Herald, January 1946, Auckland, New Zealand Ed Mackiewicz
1.5m Newspaper clippings, New Zealand Herald, January 1946, Auckland, New Zealand Ed Mackiewicz
2.3m Newspaper clippings, The Dominion, Wellington, New Zealand Ed Mackiewicz
Vincennes
0406415
514k Vincennes being placed in "commissioned in reserve" status. The clipping is from the Vallejo Times Herald October 20, 1946 edition. Darryl Baker
Vincennes
0406415
113k Ex-USS Sitkoh Bay (CVE 86), with ex-USS Sicily (CVE 118) moored across the pier, at the Hunters Point (San Francisco Group) Inactive Ship Facility in the mid-1950s. Special attention was paid to the wooden decks of the carriers, and they were periodically sprayed with preservatives. Still, the ravages of weather took their toll. In the foreground are the cruisers ex-USS Vincennes (CL 64) and ex-USS Amsterdam (CL 101). Note the metal "igloos" fitted over the ships' light AA mounts. Robert Hurst
Scott Koen ussnewyork.com
Vincennes 93k

Ex-USS Vincennes (CL 64) Is towed out of San Diego Bay, California, by USS Kalmia (ATA 184). Assisting are the harbor tugs USS Muskegon (YTB 763), alongside Vincennes, and USS Arawak (YTM 702), off Vincennes' stern. Photograph is dated 7 October 1969. The old cruiser was expended as a target off the coast of Southern California on 28 October 1969. Note that her gun barrels have been cut off.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #K-77750.

USN
Vincennes
0406438
103k

Ex-USS Vincennes (CL 64) is towed out of San Diego Bay, California, by the tug USS Kalmia (ATA 184), in October 1969.

Photo from U.S. Navy All Hands magazine, May 1970.

Robert Hurst

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Brown, Allen Dudley, CAPT   01/21/1944 - 1944
Lalor, William George, CAPT   01/27/1945
Rogers, George Pearsall, CDR   - 09/10/1946

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


USS VINCENNES (CL 64) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
CA 44 - CL 64

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CL 64 W.W.II Only

Contact Name: Mr. Guy T Jacobs Jr
Address: 5138 Terrace Dr Baltimore, MD, 21236-4232
Phone: 410-665-8710
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.


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