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USS SPRINGFIELD (CL 66/CLG 7)

Image courtesy of Al Grazevich


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Whiskey - Delta - Mike


Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski
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 13 February 1943 by Bethlehem Steel Co. at its Fore River yard, Quincy, MA
Launched 09 MAR 1944
Commissioned 06 SEP 1944
Decommissioned 30 JAN 1950
Reclassified CLG 7 23 MAY 1957
Commissioned 02 JUL 1960
Decommissioned 15 MAY 1974
Reclassified CG 7 1 JUL 1975
Stricken 31 JUL 1978
Fate: Sold for scrap on 11 MAR 1980

Patch image contributed by
Bill Swisher

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SPRINGFIELD As Light Gun Cruiser (CL 66)
(1944 - 1957)
Springfield
0406606
220k Christening of the Springfield (CL 66). Co-Sponsors were Miss Norma McCurley of Springfield, Illinois (left), and Mrs. Angelina Bertera of Springfield, Massachusetts. S. Dale Hargrave
Springfield 30k Undated starboard side image. Ron Langell
Springfield
0406616
237k Starboard bow view in 1946, location unknown. The crew appears to be at quarters. Darryl Baker
Springfield
0406605
38k Port side superstructure, November 1944. Pieter Bakels
Springfield 117k

USS Springfield (CL 66) Underway off Boston, Massachusetts, 6 January 1945. Photographed from a Squadron ZP-11 blimp. The ship's camouflage is Measure 33, Design 24d.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-301391.

National Archives
Springfield 145k

USS Springfield (CL 66) Steaming near Boston lightship, Massachusetts, 10 January 1945. Photographed from a Squadron ZP-11 blimp. The ship's camouflage is Measure 33, Design 24d.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-301395.

National Archives/Fred Weiss
Springfield
0406607
130k USS Springfield alongside USS Taluga (AO 62) on 23 May, 1945. Photo reworked and dated by John Chiquoine. Tommy Trampp
Springfield 110k

USS Springfield (CL 66) Fires her 6"/47 and 5"/38 guns, during gunnery practice in the Pacific, circa 1947-1948. Note that the cruiser still retains one aircraft catapult.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-706316.

National Archives
SPRINGFIELD As Converted Into Guided Missile Cruiser (CLG 7)
(1960 - 1978)
Springfield 161k As converted, Sharp image showing starboard bow area. USN
Springfield 120k (Poor) Image showing general details. USN
Springfield 90k (Fair) Broadside view, showing some detail. USN
Springfield 71k Starboard side view, date unknown. USN
Macon
100204912
246k Aerial view of Boston Navy Yard, looking Southwest, 1 April 1960. Photo taken by a helicopter from Naval Air Station South Weymouth. Ships and Craft present:
Location Ship (Hull No.) Ship Type
Pier 11 USS Wasp (CVS-18) Aircraft Carrier
Dry Dock 5 ARD-16 Floating Dry Dock
In ARD-16 YFND-23 Dry Dock Companion Craft
Pier 10 Empty  
Pier 9E USS Macon (CA-132)
YD-196
Heavy Cruiser
Floating Crane
Pier 9W USS Hugh Purvis (DD-709) Destroyer
Pier 8E USS Thor (ARC-4)
YPD-24
Cable Layer
Floating Pile Driver
Pier 7E USS Springfield (CLG-7) Guided Missile Light Cruiser
Pier 7W Empty  
Pier 6E USS Perry (DD-844) Destroyer
Pier 6W USS Mitscher (DL-2) Destroyer Leader
Pier 5E USS Albany (CG-10) Guided Missile Heavy Cruiser
Pier 5W USS Yosemite (AD-19) Destroyer Tender
Pier 4E Empty  
Pier 4W USS Skywatcher (AGR-3) Radar Picket Ship
U.S. Navy photo, Boston NHP Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10111)
Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA 02129
Springfield 76k Boston Naval Shipyard, May 1960. © Richard Leonhardt
Springfield 94k Boston Naval Shipyard, May 1960. © Richard Leonhardt
Springfield 128k Boston Naval Shipyard, May 1960. © Richard Leonhardt
Springfield 72k Boston, July 1960. © Richard Leonhardt
Springfield 70k Boston, July 1960. © Richard Leonhardt
Springfield 95k

USS Springfield (CLG 7) Underway at sea, 10 July 1960. Photographed by PH2 Sain.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98205.

USNHC
Springfield 83k

USS Springfield (CLG 7) Steams through a Mediterranean storm in early November 1960, while en route to Barcelona, Spain, from Villefranche, France. According to the original photo caption, this was "one of the biggest storms to hit the Mediterranean area in the last two decades." View looks forward from atop the ship's pilothouse.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98210.

USNHC
Springfield 111k

USS Springfield (CLG 7) Fires a "Terrier" guided missile on the Ceres Missile Range, in the Mediterranean Sea, 6 June 1961. Photographed by PH1 D.C. Grant.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98206.

USNHC/Fred Weiss
Springfield 68k In July 1962, I was an AG-2 stationed aboard the USS Randolph (CVS 15). We were homeport out of Norfolk and operated as Task Group Alpha. In the Summer of 1962, Task Group Alpha went on a Med Cruise to give the USNA Middies a little at-sea time. While in the Med, we joined up with the USS Shangri La (CV 38) and USS Independence (CV 62). With the three Carrier Task Forces combined, we had the largest gathering of US Naval Warships in the Med since the latter days of WWII. © Frank K. Roshto
Springfield 56k In July 1962, I was an AG-2 stationed aboard the USS Randolph (CVS 15). We were homeport out of Norfolk and operated as Task Group Alpha. In the Summer of 1962, Task Group Alpha went on a Med Cruise to give the USNA Middies a little at-sea time. While in the Med, we joined up with the USS Shangri La (CV 38) and USS Independence (CV 62). With the three Carrier Task Forces combined, we had the largest gathering of US Naval Warships in the Med since the latter days of WWII. © Frank K. Roshto
CSpringfield
04010751
163k USS Springfield (CLG-7) picture taken from USS Boston CAG-1 in the Mediterranean - Jan 1962 Roy Williams
Springfield
04010726
315k USS Springfield (CLG 7) approaching USS Saratoga (CV 60) while in the Med,1965. William C. Swisher
Springfield
04010727
392k USS Springfield (CLG 7) executing a highline transfer with USS Saratoga (CV 60) while in the Med,1965. William C. Swisher
Springfield
04010728
408k USS Springfield (CLG 7) executing a highline transfer with USS Saratoga (CV 60) while in the Med,1965. William C. Swisher
Springfield
04010729
265k USS Springfield (CLG 7) alongside USS Mississinewa (AO 144) in the Med,1965. William C. Swisher
Springfield
04010730
243k USS Springfield (CLG 7) alongside USS Mississinewa (AO 144) in the Med,1965. William C. Swisher
Springfield
04010731
397k USS Springfield (CLG 7) alongside USS Mississinewa (AO 144) in the Med,1965. William C. Swisher
Springfield
04010732
306k Starboard quarter view of USS Little Rock (CLG 4) at anchor in Naples, Italy, 1965. Taken From USS Springfield (CLG 7). William C. Swisher
Springfield
04010733
278k Taking on stores while alongside USS Sylvania (AFS 2) in the Med, 1965. William C. Swisher
Springfield
04010734
275k Taking on ammo while alongside USS Great Sitkin (AE 17) in the Med, 1965. William C. Swisher
Springfield
04010735
227k Breaking away from theUSS Mauna Loa (AE 8) in the Med, 1965 William C. Swisher
Springfield
04010721
208k USS Springfield (CLG 7) in dry dock at Toulon, France in March 1965. William C. Swisher
Springfield
04010722
387k USS Springfield (CLG 7) in dry dock at Toulon, France in March 1965. William C. Swisher
Springfield
04010723
234k USS Springfield (CLG 7) in dry dock at Toulon, France in March 1965. William C. Swisher
Springfield
04010724
243k USS Springfield (CLG 7) in dry dock at Toulon, France in March 1965. William C. Swisher
Springfield
04010725
318k USS Springfield (CLG 7) in dry dock at Toulon, France in March 1965. Note the 3-star flag flying from the after mast for COMSIXTHFLT. William C. Swisher
Springfield
04010736
96k The Admiral's Helo, 1965. William C. Swisher
Springfield
04010737
162k Another Helo aboard the Springfield, 1965. William C. Swisher
Springfield
04010738
118k USS Springfield (CLG 7) tied up at home in Villefranche, France, 1965. William C. Swisher
Springfield
04010739
126k All ashore that's going ashore. Crew of the Springfield going on liberty in Villefranche, France, 1965. William C. Swisher
Springfield
04010740
33k USS Springfield (CLG 7) displaying her Friendship Lights while tied up at home in Villefranche, France, 1965. William C. Swisher
Springfield 70k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) and the USS Springfield (CLG 7) refueling from the USS Chikaskia (AO 54) in the Mediterranean Sea, Southeast of Palma de Majorca, Spain in 1967.

From the collection of Clarence Wolfe.

EM2 Terry D. Gann USNR(R) Ret.
Springfield 113k

USS Springfield (CLG 7) Moored off Villefranche, France, 13 January 1967, while serving as flagship of the Sixth Fleet.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98207.

USNHC
Springfield
04010752
160k

News article concerning the departure of USS Springfield from Villefranche, France.

From the collection of Frank Tibus.

Frank Tibus
Springfield
04010753
81k

A picture of the ship leaving our home port of Villefranche, France in 1967 flying our homeward bound pennant . From what I was able to look up, we were the last 6th Fleet flagship to be homeported not only in Villefranche,but in France itself after DeGulle asked all NATO forces to leave. When the USS Little Rock (CLG 4) relieved us in Rota, Spain and took over as 6th Fleet flagship she was homeported in Gatea, Italy. I'm a frequent visitor to your website and find it very interesting, also noticed not many pictures of ships flying homeward bound pennants. Thought you may be interested in adding a picture of one. This one was a little special since I think they designate one foot of pennant for every guy who served oversees for a designated period of time, and most of us aboard at the time met the required time frame . Since the pennant couldn't exceede the length of the ship 610ft. thats how long it was and had to be supported by balloons to hold it in the air.

From the collection of Frank Tibus.

Frank Tibus
Springfield
04010754
98k

A piece of the above mentioned "Homeward Bound Pennant"

.From the collection of Frank Tibus.

Frank Tibus
Springfield
04010755
139k

USS Springfield arriving back in the United States (Boston MA), 16 February 1967.

From the collection of Frank Tibus.

Frank Tibus
Springfield 71k Port bow view while at anchor in the Virgin Islands during the summer of 1968. Brent Sponsler
Springfield 108k

USS Springfield (CLG 7) Underway, circa the 1960s.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98209.

USNHC
Springfield 87k

USS Springfield (CLG 7) Underway, circa the 1960s.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98208.

USNHC
Springfield
04010749
185k The Soviet Moskva class helicopter cruiser Leningrad and the USS Springfield come side by side in the Med, February 1972. The photo was taken from a Soviet model Ka-25 antisubmarine helo. Eugene Ivkin
Springfield
04010745
219k Villefranche, France 09 August 1972. Carlo Martinelli
Springfield
04010746
198k Villefranche, France 09 August 1972. Carlo Martinelli
Springfield
04010747
244k Villefranche, France 09 August 1972. Carlo Martinelli
Springfield
04010748
310k Villefranche, France 09 August 1972. Carlo Martinelli
Springfield 77k

USS Springfield (CLG 7), flagship of the U.S. Sixth Fleet, moored in a Mediterranean port, circa 1973. A guided-missile escort ship (DEG) and several merchant ships are in the background.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #KN-20967.

National Archives
Springfield
04010750
324k Mooring in Genoa, Italy, 01 April 1973. Carlo Martinelli
Springfield
04010741
47k Port bow view on decommissioning day, Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, PA, 15 May 1974. Dale Hargrave
Springfield
04010742
75k Stern view on decommissioning day, Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, PA, 15 May 1974. Dale Hargrave
Springfield
04010743
75k Bow view on decommissioning day, Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, PA, 15 May 1974. Dale Hargrave
Springfield
04010744
67k Bow view on decommissioning day, Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, PA, 15 May 1974. Dale Hargrave
Springfield 79k

Philadelphia Naval Base, Pennsylvania - Three stricken cruisers await disposal in the Reserve Basin, October 1978. The ships, whose hull numbers have been painted out, are (from left to right): ex-Newport News (CA 148); ex-Springfield (CG 7); and ex-Northampton (CC 1).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #K-121961.

National Archives

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Johnson, Felix Leslie, CAPT VADM 09/09/1944 - 05/15/1945
Kelly, Thomas Joseph, CAPT RADM 05/15/1945 - 03/12/1946
Womble Jr., John Phillip, CAPT RADM 03/12/1946 - 10/23/1946
Jasperson, Robert Edward, CAPT   10/23/1946 - 06/1948
Monroe Jr., Frank, CAPT RADM 06/1948 - 09/28/1948
Slaughter, John Sim, CDR   09/28/1948 - 10/09/1948
Moosbrugger, Frederick, CAPT   10/09/1948 - 12/01/1949
Slaughter, John Sim, CDR   12/01/1949 - 01/30/1950
Decommissioned   01/30/1950 - 07/02/60
Boyle, Francis Dennis, CAPT RADM 07/02/60 - 03/30/61
Noel Jr., John Vavasour, CAPT   03/30/61 04/18/62
Wadleigh, John Remey, CAPT RADM 04/18/62 - 02/01/63
Crenshaw Jr., Russell Sydnor, CAPT   02/01/63 - 07/15/64
Hildreth, James Bertram, CAPT RADM 07/15/64 - 08/20/65
Kane Jr., John Dandridge Henry, CAPT RADM 08/20/65 - 12/12/66
Ries, Herbert Hamilton, CAPT   12/12/66 - 07/12/68
Zech Jr., Lando William, CAPT VADM 07/12/68 - 02/09/70
Boyd, Carl James, CAPT   02/09/70 - 10/09/71
Harkness Jr., Vinton Orris, CAPT   10/09/71 - 11/14/73
Crawford, William Travis, CAPT   11/14/73 - 07/15/74

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


USS SPRINGFIELD (CL 66 / CLG 7) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
CL 66 - CLG 7 - SSN 761

Contact Name: Mr. Richard A. Wilson
Address:15825 269th St E
Graham, WA 98338-6992
Phone: 253.210.5609 (Voice) 253.210.5608 (Fax)
E-mail: graham98338@comcast.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.


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