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USS TOPEKA (CL 67/CLG 8)

Image courtesy of Al Grazevich


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Whiskey - Lima - Quebec



Patch images 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 21 APR 1943 by the Bethlehem Steel Co. yard located at Quincy, MA
Launched 19 AUG 1944
Commissioned 23 DEC 1944
Decommissioned 18 JUN 1949
Reclassified CLG 8 23 MAY 1957
Commissioned 26 MAR 1960
Decommissioned 05 JUN 1969
Stricken 01 SEP 1973
Fate: Sold for scrap to Southern Scrap Material Co., Ltd on 20 MAR 1975


Patch images contributed by Mike Smolinski

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TOPEKA As Light Gun Cruiser CL 67
(1944 - 1957)
Topeka 108k

USS Topeka (CL 67) Launching, at the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, 19 August 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-426885.

National Archives
Topeka 115k

USS Topeka (CL 67) Launching, at the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, 19 August 1944. Courtesy of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas, 1967.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 42046.

USNHC
Topeka 118k

USS Topeka (CL 67) Launching, at the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, 19 August 1944. Courtesy of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas, 1967.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 42047.

USNHC
Topeka 70k

USS Topeka (CL 67) Commissioning ceremonies, at the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, 23 December 1944. Rear Admiral Felix Gygax is speaking.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-299263.

National Archives
Topeka 80k

USS Topeka (CL 67) Underway, circa early 1945.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 42045.

USNHC
Topeka 102k

USS Topeka (CL 67) Underway at sea, March 1945. She is painted in Camouflage Measure 32 or 33, Design 24d.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-313910.

National Archives
Topeka 127k

USS Topeka (CL 67) In Manila Bay, Philippine Islands, July 1946. A Baltimore class heavy cruiser is in the background.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98231.

USNHC
Topeka 43k At anchor, Whongpoo River, Shanghai, China, 15 October 1946. Gerald E. Horgan
TOPEKA As Converted Into Guided Missile Cruiser CLG 8
(1960 - 1973)
Topeka 17k Undated, starboard side view, underway. Howard Longstreth
Topeka 57k Undated, Starboard side view. USN
Topeka
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244k Starboard side while moored in San Diego, September 1960. Lee Noland
Topeka
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240k Starboard side while moored in San Diego, September 1960. Lee Noland
Topeka 104k

USS Topeka (CLG 8) At sea, circa the early 1960s.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98232.

USNHC
Topeka 73k

USS Topeka (CLG 8) Fires a "Terrier" guided-missile on 18 November 1961, during weapons demonstrations for the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral George W. Anderson. Photographed from on board USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63). Planes preparing for launch on the carrier's flight deck are a F8U "Crusader" jet fighter, at left, and an AD-6 "Skyraider" attack plane (Bureau # 137588), in the lower center.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #KN-3632.

National Archives
Topeka 56k Starboard side view, underway, Subic Bay, PI (1962) as seen from USS Dynamic (MSO 432). From the collection of George Arthur. Floyd Farrar
Topeka 94k Port bow view, Long Beach Naval station (1962). From the collection of George Arthur. Floyd Farrar
Topeka 161k Shown off San Francisco on July 1, 1963 - The terrier missile equivalent of the Galveston (which carried the Talos missile) USN
Topeka 99k

USS Topeka (CLG 8) Underway on 9 July 1964. Photographed by Bradford.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98233.

USNHC
Topeka 88k

USS Topeka (CLG 8) Steaming in the South China Sea, 6 September 1964. Photographed by PH2 R.D. Fennell.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98234.

USNHC
Topeka 78k

USS Topeka (CLG 8) Fires her forward turret's 6"/47 guns at the Viet Cong, while steaming slowly in the South China Sea on an in-shore fire support mission, April 1966.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #K-31264.

USNHC
Topeka 70k

USS Topeka (CLG 8) During Sixth Fleet exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, 1968, seen from the bridge of USS Bang (SS 385). This photograph was received on 6 November 1968.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98235.

USNHC
Topeka
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317k Topeka (left) with Boston (CA 69) to her starboard and two Cleveland class cruisers outboard of Boston during the winter of 1972 or the very early spring of 1973 at the Philadelphia Naval ship yard. Jim Cunliffe
Topeka
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336k Topeka (foreground) with Boston (CA 69) to her starboard and two Cleveland class cruisers outboard of Boston during the winter of 1972 or the very early spring of 1973 at the Philadelphia Naval ship yard. Jim Cunliffe
Topeka
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349k Topeka (foreground) with Boston (CA 69) to her starboard and two Cleveland class cruisers outboard of Boston during the winter of 1972 or the very early spring of 1973 at the Philadelphia Naval ship yard. Jim Cunliffe

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Wattles, Thomas Lippitt, CAPT RADM 12/23/1944 - 11/07/1945
Schindler, Walter Gabriel J., CAPT VADM 11/07/1945 - 07/24/1946
Johnson, Donald Hendrie, CAPT   07/24/1946 - 08/01/1947
Earle Jr., Ralph, CAPT VADM 08/01/1947 - 06/01/1948
Koonce, Paul Brogden., CAPT RADM 06/01/1948 - 06/19/1949
Decommissioned   06/18/1949 - 03/26/60
Pinney Jr., Frank Lucius, CAPT RADM 03/26/60 - 11/60
Janney, Frederick Emery, CAPT RADM 11/60 - 09/61
Paine Jr., Roger Warde, CAPT RADM 09/61 - 10/18/62
Mansfield, Jack Emerson, CAPT   10/18/62 - 12/64
Ruhe Jr., William James, CAPT   12/64 - 10/65
Buell, Thomas Chapin, CAPT   10/65 - 06/03/66
Montgomery, William Morgan, CAPT   06/03/66 - 11/24/67
Halvorson, George Grandchamp, CAPT RADM 11/24/67 - 06/05/69

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


USS TOPEKA (CL 67/CLG 8) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
CL 67 (44-49)

Contact Name: Mr. Jim Wilson
Address: 1022 W Abbott St Muncie, IN, 47303-2849
Phone: 765-288-3949
E-mail: JWTOPEKA67@aol.com

CLG 8 (59-70)

Contact Name: Gary Baker
Address: 1240 Lonesome Pine Lane, Billings, MT 59105-1646
Phone: 406-252-4546
E-mail: gbaker@usstopekaclg8.org


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.
http://www.usstopekaclg8.org Official CLG-8 Web Page.

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