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USS PITTSBURGH (CA 72)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Bravo - Xray - Papa
Voice Call Sign: Cheetah

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 as USS Albany on 03 FEB 1943 by the Bethlehem Steel Co. Quincy, MA
Launched 22 FEB 1944
Commissioned 10 OCT 1944
Decommissioned 07 MAR 1947
Commissioned 25 SEPT 1951
Decommissioned 28 AUG 1956
Stricken 1 JUL 1973
Fate: Sold for scrap 22 JUL 1974

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34k Possible Keel Laying ceremony at the Bethlehem Steel Co.

Michael Mohl

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50k Possible Keel Laying ceremony at the Bethlehem Steel Co. Michael Mohl
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34k Possible Keel Laying ceremony at the Bethlehem Steel Co. Michael Mohl
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57k Possible Keel Laying ceremony at the Bethlehem Steel Co. Michael Mohl
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49k Possible Keel Laying ceremony at the Bethlehem Steel Co. Michael Mohl
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39k Possible Keel Laying ceremony at the Bethlehem Steel Co. Michael Mohl
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38k Possible Keel Laying ceremony at the Bethlehem Steel Co. Michael Mohl
Pittsburgh 67k The day before she was commissioned, the Pittsburgh is shown on October 9, 1944 in dazzle camouflage. USN
Pittsburgh 73k

USS Pittsburgh (CA 72) In Boston harbor, Massachusetts, 9 October 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98247.

Fred Weiss/USNHC
Pittsburgh 161k

USS Pittsburgh (CA 72) Underway in November 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 33, Design 18d.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #USN 1035735.

Fred Weiss/National Archives
Pittsburgh 93k Photo taken June 10, 1945 showing the Pittsburgh returning to base. On June 5, 1945, she lost 104 feet of her bow during a typhoon. USN
Pittsburgh 157k Photo taken June 10, 1945 showing the Pittsburgh returning to base. On June 5, 1945, she lost 104 feet of her bow during a typhoon. USN
Pittsburgh 93k Photo taken June 10, 1945 showing the Pittsburgh returning to base. On June 5, 1945, she lost 104 feet of her bow during a typhoon. USN
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USS Pittsburgh (CA 72) En route to Guam for temporary repairs, shortly after she lost her bow in a typhoon on 5 June 1945.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-325746.

Fred Weiss/USNHC
Pittsburgh 140k

USS Pittsburgh (CA 72) At Guam, circa mid-June 1945, showing damage forward. She lost her bow in a typhoon on 5 June.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98249.

Fred Weiss/USNHC
Pittsburgh 57k View of the Pittsburgh's severed bow section during the morning of the typhoon 5 June 1945 from USS Harrison (DD 573) bridge. Photo by F. Lucas/T. McCann. Noted by ship's company as Pittsburgh suburb. John Chiquoine
Pittsburgh 77k

USS Pittsburgh (CA 72) - Sailors working on the cruiser's detached and capsized bow, during salvage operations at Guam, circa June 1945. It had broken away from the ship in a typhoon on 5 June.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98253.

National Archives
Pittsburgh 111k

USS Pittsburgh (CA 72) - Divers working on the cruiser's severed bow, during salvage operations at Guam, circa June 1945. The bow had broken away from the ship in a typhoon on 5 June.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-K-5929.

National Archives
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USS Pittsburgh (CA 72) Recovering the starboard anchor from the cruiser's severed bow, during salvage operations at Guam, circa June 1945. The bow had broken away from the ship in a typhoon on 5 June.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-K-5928.

Fred Weiss/National Archives
Pittsburgh 96k

USS Pittsburgh (CA 72) - Lifting the starboard anchor from the cruiser's severed bow, during salvage operations at Guam, circa June 1945. The bow had broken away from the ship in a typhoon on 5 June.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-K-5926.

National Archives
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USS Pittsburgh (CA 72) Lifting the starboard anchor from the cruiser's detached and capsized bow, during salvage operations at Guam, circa June 1945. The bow had broken away from the ship in a typhoon on 5 June.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98252.

National Archives
Pittsburgh 128k The bow of USS Pittsburgh - towed in - cut up and restored. Naval War College
Pittsburgh 128k Shown at Guam shortly after surviving the typhoon, the Pittsburgh is tied up to the USS Duluth (CL 87) before returning to the United States for repairs. The Duluth had her bow bent upwards from the ravages of the typhoon, but was repaired without returning stateside. USN
Pittsburgh 138k Seen here in dry dock to make repairs for her journey home. Pittsburgh was sent back to the States for a new bow and was at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard when the war ended. (Recommissioned for service during the Korean War, she was finally decommissioned on August 28, 1956, her active service life completed. She was stricken on July 1, 1973 and scrapped shortly thereafter.) USN
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In this photo USS Pittsburgh (CA 72) appears to be on a power run, possibly after having her bow repaired after loosing it in a typhoon on 5 June 1945.

U.S. Navy Photo

David Buell
Pittsburgh 179k USS Pittsburgh (CA 72) -Crewmen swab down the top of the cruiser's number two eight-inch gun turret, in preparation for chipping and repainting. She is at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, during her initial post-reactivation trials, circa September 1951. She was recommissioned on 25 September.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the "All Hands" collection at the Naval Historical Center #NH 97072.

USN
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USS Pittsburgh (CA 72) Anchored in Suda Bay, Crete, 8 May 1952. Photographed from a USS Midway (CVB 41) aircraft. Pittsburgh's gun directors still have World War II era fire control radars.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-441562.

Fred Weiss/National Archives
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108k Underway late in her career, date and location unknown. BMCS Richard Miller USN (Ret.)
Pittsburgh 122k

USS Pittsburgh (CA 72) Underway at sea during the middle 1950s, after she had been refitted with 3"/50 anti-aircraft guns and new radars.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 50353.

Fred Weiss/USNHC
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USS Pittsburgh (CA 72) Underway during the middle 1950s, after she had been refitted with 3"/50 anti-aircraft guns and new radars.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 50354.

Fred Weiss/USNHC
Pittsburgh
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951k Med-moored in Genoa, Italy, 10 March 1954. Carlo Martinelli
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909k Med-moored in Genoa, Italy, 10 March 1954. Carlo Martinelli
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588k Med-moored in Genoa, Italy, 10 March 1954. Note the Piasecki HUP-3 helicopter secured next to Turret 3. Carlo Martinelli
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320k

The USS Pittsburg (CA-72) berthed at Mare Island on 22 July 1955. She was undergoing repairs at the yard from 21 July to 26 Ocotober 1955.

U.S. Navy Photo #26088-7-55

Darryl Baker
Pittsburgh 139k

USS Pittsburgh (CA 72) Underway, 11 October 1955. She carries SPS-6 radar forward and SPS-8A air search radar aft.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98248.

Fred Weiss/USNHC
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367k Soldiers and Sailors National Military Museum and Memorial (formerly Allegheny County Soldiers' Memorial), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Bell of USS Pittsburgh (CA 72), built 1943, decommissioned 1956 Unknown

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Gingrich, John Edward, CAPT RADM 10/10/1944 - 09/03/1945
Boulton, Robert, CAPT   09/03/1945 - 12/16/1945
Kircher Jr., John Joseph, CDR   12/16/1945 - 03/07/1947
Decommissioned   03/07/1947 - 09/25/1951
Mercer, Preston Virginius., CAPT   09/25/1951 - 05/20/1952
Pohl, Harold John, CAPT   05/20/1952 - 06/09/1953
Gallery, Philip Daly, CAPT RADM 06/09/1953 - 12/17/1954
Chapple, Wreford Goss (Moon), CAPT   12/17/1954 - 08/28/1956

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


USS PITTSBURGH (CA 72) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Robert G. Crawford
Address: 234 Diamond St. Northampton, PA, 18067-1934
Phone:
E-mail: None


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