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USS BALTIMORE (CA 68)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Kilo - Yankee
Voice Call Sign: Housemaid

CLASS - BALTIMORE
Displacement 13,600 Tons, Dimensions, 673' 5" (oa) x 70' 10" x 26' 10" (Max)
Armament 9 x 8"/55, 12 x 5"/38AA, 48 x 40mm, 24 x 20mm, 4 Aircraft
Armor, 6" Belt, 8" Turrets, 2 1/2" Deck, 6 1/2" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 120,000 SHP; G. E. Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 2000.
Operational and Building Data
Keel Laid on 26 MAY 1941 by Bethlehem Steel Co., Fore River, MA
Launched 28 JUL 1942
Commissioned 15 APR 1943
Decommissioned 8 JUL 1946
Commissioned 28 NOV 1951
Decommissioned 31 MAY 1956
Stricken FEB 1971
Fate Sold for scrap MAY 1972
Two Hundred tons of Armor Plate from the USS Baltimore have been put to use at the Fermi National Accelerator Labratory.
(Thanks to Mark Janowski for this information)

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"(BX1) QUINCY, MASS., JULY 28-NEW CRUISER SLIDES DOWN WAYS-The new U.S. Navy cruiser U>S>S> Baltimore , fourth American warship to bear that name, slides down the ways into Weymouth Fore River in a launching today at the Bethlehem Steel Company's Fore River Yard.(AP wirephoto )(BW31355FOX)1942"

Ron Reeves
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Undated, Port view showing general deck arrangements of deck area.

U.S. Navy Photo.

Ron Titus
Baltimore
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Starboard side view while at anchor, date and location unknown.

U.S. Navy Photo.

David Buell
Baltimore
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Starboard bowview while at anchor, date and location unknown.

U.S. Navy Photo.

David Buell
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Nice overhead view, date and location unknown.

U.S. Navy Photo.

David Buell
Baltimore 194k A cropped starboard bow view while underway in Boston Harbor, 15 April 1943. It appears to have been taken at the same time as the following photograph. Edwin Kaukali
Baltimore 103k

USS Baltimore (CA 68) underway in Boston harbor, Massachusetts, 15 April 1943 [the day she was commissioned]. Note that she has not yet received her radar antennas. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute. Collection of James C. Fahey.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 91454.

USNHC/Edwin Kaukali
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USS Baltimore (CA 68) In Boston harbor, Massachusetts, 15 April 1943. Note her twin aircraft cranes and broad transom. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute. Collection of James C. Fahey.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 91457.

USNHC
Baltimore 21k

USS Baltimore (CA 68) Underway off the Massachusetts coast, 18 June 1943. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute. Collection of Rear Admiral Kemp Tolley, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 91450.

USNHC/Joe Radigan
Baltimore 29k Port quarter view while underway on 1st July, 1943, location unknown (Caption updated by Bob Hirst). USN
Baltimore 80k

USS Baltimore (CA 68) Off the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, 10 September 1943. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute. Collection of James C. Fahey.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 91451.

USNHC
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USS Baltimore (CA 68) Off the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, 10 September 1943. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute. Collection of James C. Fahey.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 91452.

USNHC
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Stern view of the USS Baltimore (CA 68) departing Mare Island on 25 Oct 1943.

U.S. Navy Photo #7274-43.

Darryl Baker
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Bow view of the USS Baltimore (CA 68) departing Mare Island on 25 Oct 1943.

U.S. Navy Photo #7275-43.

Darryl Baker
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Broadside view of the USS Baltimore (CA 68) off Mare Island on 25 Oct 1943. She was at Mare Island from 17 Oct until 25 Oct 1943.

U.S. Navy Photo #7277-43.

Darryl Baker
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Forward plan view of USS Baltimore (CA 68) at Mare Island on 16 July 44. She was at the yard from 6 July until 17 July 1944. The USS Vestal (AR 4) is in the background.

U.S. Navy photo #4543-44

Darryl Baker
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Aft plan view of USS Baltimore (CA 68) at Mare Island on 16 July 44. She was at the yard from 6 July until 17 July 1944. The USS Vestal (AR 4) is in the background.

U.S. Navy photo #4546-44

Darryl Baker
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USS Baltimore (CA 68) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 18 October 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 32, Design 16d. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute. Collection of James C. Fahey.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 91464.

USNHC
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USS Baltimore (CA 68) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 18 October 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 32, Design 16d. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute. Collection of James C. Fahey.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 91462.

USNHC
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USS Baltimore (CA 68) Plan view, forward, taken at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 21 October 1944, at the end of an overhaul. USS Indianapolis (CA 35) is in the background. Note the two different types of 8"/55 guns and turrets mounted on these heavy cruisers, and the paravanes aboard Baltimore. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-74297.

National Archives
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USS Baltimore (CA 68) Plan view, amidships, taken at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 21 October 1944, at the end of an overhaul. USS Indianapolis (CA 35) is in the background. Note Baltimore's 5"/38 guns, armored conning tower, smokestacks and whaleboat. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship.

High Resolution (1.2mb) version of this photo, courtesy of Pieter Bakels

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-74298.

National Archives
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USS Baltimore (CA 68) Plan view, aft, taken at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 21 October 1944, at the end of an overhaul. Note Baltimore's 5"/38 and 40mm guns, Mark 37 and Mark 34 gun directors (with antenna for Mark 8 radar atop the latter), OS2U floatplanes and aircraft cranes. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship. Several barges are moored in the distance, among them YF-461, YF-791 and YD-64.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-74299.

National Archives
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USS Baltimore (CA 68) at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, while undergoing reactivation in 1951. The original print is dated 28 November 1951, the day Baltimore was recommissioned, but was probably taken somewhat earlier.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98241.

USNHC
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USS Baltimore (CA 68) underway in San Francisco Bay, late 1951. Note the Ship's band playing on the fantail.

Photograph by Allied Photograhers of San Francisco.

Robert M. Cieri
Baltimore 111k Starboard bow view, with the destroyer USS Robert K. Huntington (DD 781) in Venice Italy during the earily 1950's. George Klos
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Portside view while at anchor in April 1952, location unknown.

U.S. Navy photo.

David Buell
Baltimore 141k Looking out over a 40mm Quad at the USS Coral Sea (CVB 43) while underway in the Med during 1952. Note the Helo hovering over the Coral Sea. George Panos
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Baltimore 113k Signaling the USS Coral Sea (CVB 43) while underway in the Med during 1952. George Panos
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Baltimore 162k 40mm Quad manned and ready for gunnery practice while underway in the Med during 1952. George Panos
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Baltimore 124k 40mm Quad gunnery practice while underway in the Med during 1952. George Panos
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Baltimore 116k 40mm Quad gunnery practice while underway in the Med during 1952. George Panos
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Baltimore 99k 5"/38 gunnery practice while underway in the Med during 1952. George Panos
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Baltimore 132 Target spotting during gunnery practice. Note the MK51 gun director for the 40mm and 5"/38 gun mounts (lower right) George Panos
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Baltimore 133k Preparing to fuel while underway in the Med during 1952. George Panos
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Baltimore 109k Signalmen preparing to hoist a signal while underway in the Med, 1952. George Panos
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Baltimore 139k How many officers does it take to hoist a signal? Officer training while underway in the Med, 1952. George Panos
Ex QMS 2/C

Baltimore

99k USS Baltimore (CA 68) and USS Vesole (DD 878) moored in Venice, Italy, 1952. George Panos
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Baltimore 55k Dress ship while moored in Venice, Italy, 1952. George Panos
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Baltimore 109k ATTENTION ON DECK! CAPT G. L.Caswell coming aboard while in Venice, Italy during 1952. George Panos
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Baltimore 136k Did someone say Liberty Call? George Panos
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Baltimore 122k Waiting at the gangway for the liberty launch. George Panos
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Baltimore 134k A liberty boat getting underway while in Venice, Italy during 1952. George Panos
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Baltimore 130k More liberty boats while in Venice, Italy during 1952. George Panos
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Baltimore 63k Coca-Cola Deliveries in Venice, Italy during 1952 Med cruise. George Panos
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124k St. Mark's Square and Bell Tower as seen from the USS Baltimore George Panos
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266k Enjoying liberty at St. Mark's Square in Venice George Panos
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Baltimore 69k Officers training during the 1952 Med cruise. George Panos
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Baltimore 147k Morning Colors in Venice, Italy during the 1952 Med cruise. George Panos
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Baltimore 153k Sweep down during the 1952 Med cruise. George Panos
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Baltimore 88k Standby to mark! QM's keeping the Baltimore on course during the 1952 Med cruise. George Panos
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Baltimore 114k Still sweeping. (note the two bugles near the top of the photo. George Panos
Ex QMS 2/C
Baltimore 112k Still cleaning... George Panos
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Baltimore 171k Target spotters during the 1952 Med cruise. George Panos
Ex QMS 2/C
Baltimore 90k Religious service on the faintail while in the Med during 1952. Note the HUP helicopter forward. George Panos
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Baltimore 65k Religious service on the faintail while in the Med during 1952. Note the HUP helicopter forward. George Panos
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Baltimore 133k Moored in Venice, Italy during 1952. George Panos
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Baltimore 127k USS Columbus (CA 74) and USS Baltimore (CA 68) moored in an unknown port during 1952. USS Des Moines (CA 134) can be seen to the left. George Panos
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Baltimore 128k USS Columbus (CA 74) and USS Baltimore (CA 68) moored in an unknown port during 1952. George Panos
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Baltimore 96k USS Coral Sea (CVB 43) as seen from the Baltimore in 1952. George Panos
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Baltimore 112k USS Salem (CA 139) at anchor in Naples, Italy, as seen from USS Baltimore (CA 68) in 1952. George Panos
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Baltimore 129k USS Columbus (CA 74) (left) and USS Salem (CA 139) (right), as seen from USS Baltimore (CA 68) in 1952. George Panos
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Baltimore 120k Holystoning the deck while in the Med during 1952. George Panos
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Baltimore 131k Holystoning the deck while in the Med during 1952. George Panos
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Baltimore 101k Holystoning the deck while in the Med during 1952. George Panos
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Baltimore 129k Flaking out line on the forecastle while in the Med during 1952. George Panos
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Baltimore 126k Flaking out line on the forecastle while in the Med during 1952. George Panos
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Baltimore 131k USS Baltimore (CA 68) in Istanbul while in the Med during 1952. Also visible in the photo are the USS Vesole (DD 878) and the USS Cone (DD 866). George Panos
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Portside view while underway in November 1952, location unknown.

U.S. Navy photo.

David Buell
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The crew manning the rails in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, during the United Kingdom's Coronation Naval Review off Spithead, England, in June 1953. The ship just astern of Baltimore is HMS Starling (F 66). Note life rafts stowed atop the cruiser's after 8"/55 triple gun turret; motor launch on deck at left and HUP helicopter parked just in front of the hangar hatch.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 91465.

USNHC
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USS Baltimore (CA 68) anchored in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 22 September 1954.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 52422.

USNHC
Baltimore 105k

Sailors removing bucklers from the 8"/55 guns of her Number Two turret, while preparing her for decommissioning at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington. Photo is stamped with the date 28 May 1956. The men are identified as GM1 B.J. Belue, SN J.L. Tinkle, GM2 J.R. Marue, GM3 G.A. Bushur and GM2 R.D. Brehm.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98245.

USNHC
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USS Baltimore (CA 68) in drydock at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, while preparing for decommissioning. Photo is stamped with the date 28 May 1956. Original caption reads: "Looking like new, after painting, the anchor chain is hauled back aboard."

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98244.

USNHC

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Calhoun, Walter Carson, CAPT   04/15/1943 - 08/22/1944
Fink, Carl Kenneth, CAPT RADM 08/22/1944 - 08/11/1945
Olsen, Clarence Edward, CAPT RADM 08/11/1945 - 05/03/1946
Curtiss, John P., CAPT   05/03/1946 - 07/08/1946
Espenas, Arthur Krag, CDR   07/08/1946 - 08/07/1947
Decommissioned   07/08/1946 - 11/28/1051
Tedder, Fondville Lee, CAPT RADM 11/28/1951 - 08/23/1952
Caswell, Gordon Leonard, CAPT   08/23/1952 - 04/23/1953
Taylor, John B., CAPT   04/23/1953 - 06/16/1954
Christie, Carl Gulford, CAPT   06/16/1954 - 12/1955
Adams, Scarritt, CAPT   12/1955 - 05/31/1956

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


USS BALTIMORE (CA 68) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
CA 68 - SSN-704

Contact Name: Mr. Bill Baker
Address: 2604 Nuckolls Rd. Cumming, GA 30041
Phone: 770-781-5303
E-mail:wbaker3@compuserve.com


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