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USS SAINT PAUL (CA 73)

Image courtesy of Al Grazevich


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Bravo - Yankee - Mike
Voice Call Sign: Tornado


Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski
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 03 FEB 1943 by the Bethlehem Steel Co. Quincy, MA
Launched 16 SEP 1944
Commissioned 17 FEB 1945
Decommissioned 30 APR 1971
Stricken 31 JUL 1978
Fate: Sold for scrap to Zidell Explorations of Portland OR - 13 DEC 1979

Patch image contributed by Tom Gamstetter

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons







Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - China Service Medal
Third Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campain Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Fourth Row - Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (8)
Fifth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2) - Vietnam Service Medal (9) - Presidential Unit Citation (ROK)
Sixth Row - Gallantry Cross Unit Citation w/palm (RVN) - United Nations Service Medal (Korea) - Vietnam Campaign Medal


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Saint Paul
0407343
128k

Caption: "(BX1) Quincy, Mass., SEPT. 16-Navy's Newest Cruiser: The U.S.S. St. Paul, sixth heavy cruiser of the Baltimore class to be built here, slides gracefully down the ways today. Sponsor was Mrs. John J. McDonough wife of the Mayor of St. Paul , Minn., for which city the vessel is named. )

AP Wirephoto)(AMF71305DG) '44"

David Buell
Saint Paul
0407350
117k St. Paul after her launching. Ron Reeves
Saint Paul 34k Undated, As finished. This photo most likely dates to the mid 1950's, Post Korean War. USN
Saint Paul
0407336
137k Starboard bow view while at anchor, late WW2, location unknown. David Buell
Saint Paul 39k Undated, Most likely Korean War or shortly after. John Seggerman
Saint Paul 98k Best image I have ever seen of the Saint Paul, She is configured with a helo deck which dates this image to her Vietnam War service. Robert Eckman
Saint Paul
0407340
27k Port bow view, at NAS North Island, date unknown. Rich Miller
Saint Paul
0407346
1m USS St. Paul (CA-73). The configuration of her conning tower/bridge structure and the presence of the helicopter pad on the fantail vice aircraft catapults indicate the date is 1949-1955. The location is unknown. DCC(SS/SW) David Johnston, USN
Saint Paul
0407310
79k

USS Saint Paul (CA 73) In Boston Harbor, Massachusetts, on 16 February 1945. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute, Annapolis, Maryland.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 94151.

David Buell
Saint Paul 97k

USS Saint Paul (CA 73) Underway in Massachusetts Bay, 15 March 1945. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute, Annapolis, Maryland.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 94152.

USNHC
Saint Paul
0407337
132k

This photo of the USS St. Paul is marked "Official USN Photo, Bureau of Aeronautics" and "CONFIDENTIAL"
It also lists the date as 3/15/45 and the location as Massachusetts Bay, taken from a height of 175 ft.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph

David Buell

Saint Paul
0407345

Saint Paul
0407345a

73k

 

 

260k

USS St Paul (CA 73) with the Chinese landing ship No.144 impaled on her bow while at anchor in the Whangpoo River, Shanghai, China, 21 December 1945. The landing ship, a former Japanese vessel, recently handed over to China, apparently went out of control and wedged against St. Paul's bow and anchor chain. The landing ship was cleared away from St. Paul within a few hours, with assistance from USS ATR 87 and USS Seize (ARS 26). Damage to St. Paul was negligible, but the landing ship was apparentally fatally damaged. Robert Hurst
Saint Paul 64k

USS Saint Paul (CA 73) bombarding off Hungnam harbor, North Korea, in support of the evacuation of UN forces from that port, December 1950. A U.S. Navy fast transport (APD) is inshore, at left.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Scott Dyben
Saint Paul 79k

USS Saint Paul (CA 73) fires a salvo from her forward eight-inch gun turrets at enemy troops closing in on Hungnam, North Korea, during the evacuation of UN forces from that port. Photograph is dated 21 December 1950.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Scott Dyben
Saint Paul 87k

USS Saint Paul (CA 73) fires 5"/38 guns at enemy installations, during the Seige of Wonsan, North Korea. Photograph is dated 20 April 1951.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Scott Dyben
Saint Paul 75k

USS Saint Paul (CA 73) - A Sikorsky HO3S-1 helicopter lands on the cruiser's after deck after spotting naval gunfire at Wonsan, North Korea. Photo is dated 17 April 1951. Note that the ship's after 8"/55 and 5"/38 guns are fully depressed. Men are working over the side, cleaning or painting the hull.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Scott Dyben
Saint Paul 81k

USS Saint Paul (CA 73) bombarding enemy installations at Wonsan, North Korea. Photo is dated 20 April 1951.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Scott Dyben
Saint Paul 101k

USS Saint Paul (CA 73) Off Wonsan, North Korea, with her guns ready for bombardment, during the Seventh Fleet's seige of that place. Photograph is dated 20 April 1951.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-K-11868.

National Archives
Saint Paul
0407344
226k USS Saint Paul passing under the Golden Gate Bridge, USN photo, received Sept. 1951. David Buell
Saint Paul 87k USS Buck (DD 761), USS Wisconsin (BB 64) and USS Saint Paul (CA 73). Steaming in close formation during operations off the Korean coast. 22 February 1952. USN
Saint Paul 87k USS Buck (DD761), USS Wisconsin (BB 64) and USS Saint Paul (CA 73). Steaming in close formation during operations off the Korean coast. 22 February 1952. USN
Saint Paul 178k

USS Saint Paul (CA 73) In Chongjin harbor, North Korea, with her 8-inch gun turrets trained toward bombardment targets. Photo is dated 23 May 1952.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-442234.

National Archives
Saint Paul 98k

USS Saint Paul (CA 73) Fires her forward 8"/55 guns at enemy gun positions at Hungnam, North Korea, on 26 July 1953, the day before the Korean armistice was signed. Three shells are faintly visible in the upper right. On 2159 hrs on 27 July 1953, a minute prior to the armistice taking effect, Saint Paul fired the last Navy bombardment round of the Korean War.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-625880.

National Archives
Saint Paul 20k Taken from USS Sausalito (PF 4), Covering the evacuation of UN forces from Korea. D. N. Dunham
Saint Paul
0407338
194k

Port bow view while participating in the First Fleet Review, Long Beach Harbor, 14 September 1956.

U.S. Navy Photo

David Buell
Saint Paul
0407339
216k

Port quarter view while participating in the First Fleet Review, Long Beach Harbor, 14 September 1956. The identifible carrier in the background is USS Bennington (CVA 20).

U.S. Navy Photo

David Buell
Saint Paul 229k October 1956, tied up in Yokosuka, Japan. In the background is the Seaplane Tender USS Pine Island (AV 12) with its deck loaded with Grumman F9F6 "Cougars Dale C. Haskin
Saint Paul
0407335
1020k

USS Saint Paul (CA 73) "Manning the Rails" off Pearl Harbor, 1 JUL 1959.

Official US Navy Photograph #VU-6/20846(L)

Robert M. Cieri
Saint Paul 348k Starboard bow view, circa 1961. Ed Velasquez
Saint Paul 40k Photo taken from the Henry B. Wilson (DDG 7) Task Group 77.4 1962 Western Pacific Cruise D. Marks
Saint Paul 190k

Port broadside view taken from the cigarette deck of the USS Archerfish (AGSS 311) in Pearl Harbor on August 25, 1963.

From the collection of Fred Firks.

Ken Henry
Saint Paul 72k Underway, off Diamond Head, Hawaii, 26 AUG 1963. Taken by PH2 Francis L. Antoine. USN
Saint Paul 110k

Actor John Wayne (top left, dressed as a Rear Admiral) on the ship's bridge circa August 1964, during the filming of the motion picture "In Harm's Way". A Paramount Studios camera crew is in the foreground.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 86634.

USNHC
Saint Paul
0407349
295k Starboard quarter view, Vietnam 1966. Note the 5" and 8" power cans stacked up on the fantail. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
Saint Paul
0407348
1.2m

Bow view of the USS St Paul (CA 73) off of Kannonsaki, Japan, 21 May 1966. Photographer: K.A. George PH2. From the collection of CDR Thomas B. Ray (USS Essex CV 9).

U.S. Navy photo #1116443

Chris Stanley
Saint Paul 95k

USS Saint Paul (CA 73) fires her forward 8"/55 guns in support of ground troops in South Vietnam. Photographed by JO1 J. Johnson. Image was received by the Naval Photographic Center in October 1966.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-K-33437.

Scott Dyben/National Archives
England
04012212
49k USS England (DLG-22) and USS Saint Paul (CA 73) at Subic Bay in June 1967. ARD 22 is to the far right. Photo taken from USS Evans (DE 1023). Darryl Baker
Saint Paul
0407347
1m

The Heavy Cruiser USS St Paul (CA 73) steams off the coast of North Vietnam the day after her eight inch guns shelled the Ren Thuy thermal power plant seven miles inland (6 July 1967). Photographer: JO1 R.S. Whitehead. From the collection of CDR Thomas B. Ray (USS Essex CV 9).

U.S. Navy photo #1124469

Chris Stanley
Saint Paul 87k

USS Saint Paul (CA 73) Under fire from shore batteries, while bombarding the Cong Phy railroad yard, 25 Miles south of Thanu Hoa, North Vietnam, on 4 August 1967.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #USN 1125104.

USNHC
Saint Paul
0407341
71k Starboard quarter view while deployed with the 7th fleet off of Vietnam in 1968. Taken from HMAS Hobart (D39). David Sutherland
CPOSY RAN
Rtd
Saint Paul
0407342
56k Crewmembers cleaning the forward 8"/55 guns while deployed with the 7th fleet off of Vietnam in 1968. Taken from HMAS Hobart (D39). David Sutherland
CPOSY RAN
Rtd
Saint Paul 82k

USS Saint Paul (CA 73) Underway on 26 March 1968. Photographed by PH3 D.R. Hyder.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 85098-KN.

USNHC
Saint Paul 80k Port bow - approaching USS Boston CAG 1 while on the Gun Line in Vietnam, September 1968. John Jazdzewski
Saint Paul 80k Port bow - approaching USS Boston CAG 1 while on the Gun Line in Vietnam, September 1968. John Jazdzewski
Saint Paul 87k Port bow - approaching USS Boston CAG1 while on the Gun Line in Vietnam, September 1968. John Jazdzewski
Saint Paul 98k Port side - approaching USS Boston CAG 1 while on the Gun Line in Vietnam, September 1968. John Jazdzewski
Saint Paul 125k Port side of superstructure - along side USS Boston CAG 1 while on the Gun Line in Vietnam, September 1968. John Jazdzewski
Saint Paul 86k Close up of bridge area - along side USS Boston CAG 1 while on the Gun Line in Vietnam, September 1968. John Jazdzewski
Saint Paul 97k

USS Saint Paul (CA 73) Photographed during the later 1960s.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 85099.

USNHC
Saint Paul 87k Taken from USS Niagara Falls (AFS3) during VertRep while on the "gun line" off the coast of North Vietnam during 1969 William P. Jones, M.D.
Saint Paul 69k Taken from the USS Passumpsic AO 107 sometime from 1969-71 while coming alongside for replenishment in the Pacific, probably Tonkin Gulf. George A. Dibble III

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Von Heimburg, Ernest Herman, CAPT VADM 02/17/45 - 12/08/45
Baker, Harold Davies, CAPT VADM 12/08/45 - 10/22/46
Ferguson, Glover Trenholm., CDR   10/22/46 - 11/02/45
Biggs, Burton Beecher, CAPT RADM 11/02/46 - 08/16/47
Leith, Stanley, CAPT   08/16/47 - 08/06/48
Field, Sr., Wells Laflin, CAPT RADM 08/06/48 - 06/26/49
Richter, Henry Edward, CAPT   06/26/49 - 07/19/50
Smith, Chester Carl (Chet), CAPT VADM 07/19/50 - 07/17/51
Gano, Roy Alexander, CAPT VADM 07/21/51 - 05/29/52
Stelter Jr., Frederick Carl, CAPT RADM 05/29/52 - 07/02/53
Parker, Charles William, CAPT RADM 07/02/53 - 10/02/54
Ricketts, Claude Vernon, CAPT ADM 10/02/54 - 11/07/55
Davis, James White, CAPT RADM 11/07/55 - 01/12/57
Reed, Allan Lorentz, CAPT RADM 01/12/57 - 08/29/57
Hartman, Irvin Swander, CAPT   08/29/57 - 09/10/58
Bennett, Carter Lowe, CAPT   09/10/58 - 11/23/59
Maurer, John Howard, CAPT RADM 11/23/59 - 10/20/60
Schneider Jr., Frederick Henry, CAPT VADM 10/20/60 - 10/25/61
Church Jr., Albert Thomas, CAPT   10/25/61 - 11/03/62
McCrory, Woodrow Wilson, CAPT RADM 11/03/62 - 09/28/63
Norton, Gerald Sanford, CAPT   09/28/63 - 09/24/64
Vasey, Lloyd Roland (Joe), CAPT RADM 09/24/64 - 06/24/65
Higgins Jr., Edward Matthew, CAPT   06/24/65 - 08/29/66
Fischer Jr., Harry Frederick, CAPT   08/29/66 - 02/13/68
Hilson, Ralph Albert, CAPT   02/13/68 - 08/12/69
Nott, Hugh G., CAPT   08/12/69 - 12/15/69
Knutson Sr., Donald W., CDR   12/15/69 - 04/30/71

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


USS SAINT PAUL (CA 73) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
CA 73 - SSN-708

Contact Name: Mario C. Chavez
Address: P.O. Box 972602, El Paso, Texas 79997-2602
Phone: 915-491-7353
E-mail: mario_chavez@msn.com


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.
USS Saint Paul Association

Saint. Paul, Had the starring role in Otto Premingers,
"In Harm's Way" with John Wayne and Kirk Douglas, (1965)

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