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USS COLUMBUS (CA 74/CG 12)

Image courtesy of Al Grazevich


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Bravo - Zulu - Whiskey

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 28 JUN 1943 by Bethlehem Steel Co. at its Fore River yard, Quincy, MA
Launched 30 NOV 1944
Commissioned 08 JUN 1945
Decommissioned 08 MAY 1959
Reclassified CG 12 30 SEP 1959
Commissioned 01 DEC 1962
Decommissioned 31 JAN 1975
Stricken 09 AUG 1976
Fate: Sold for scrap on 03 OCT 1977

Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

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COLUMBUS As Heavy Gun Cruiser CA 74
(1945 - 1959)
Columbus
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400k Moored off Monaco, date unknown. David Buell
Columbus 33k As built, off New York, July 6, 1945. USN
Columbus 83k

USS Columbus (CA 74) Hosing down her starboard anchor cable, while in New York Harbor during the post-World War II Navy Day Fleet Review, circa 27 October 1945. Note the harbor oiler at right. Courtesy of Lieutenant Gustave J. Freret, USN (Retired), 1972.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 81121.

USNHC
Columbus 108k

USS Columbus (CA 74) Off the coast of Spain, 12 July 1948. Note that she still has her catapults and Curtiss SC "Seahawk" seaplanes. These were landed and replaced with helicopters within a year.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98457.

USNHC
Columbus 25k Columbus in Oran, North Africa in 1950. © Frank Doherty
Columbus 101k

USS Columbus (CA 74) Off the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, 14 March 1959. The ship was soon decommissioned to begin conversion to a guided missile cruiser (CG 12).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98459.

USNHC
Columbus 152k

USS Columbus (CA 74) Off the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, 14 March 1959. The original print has been signed by Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, who served in this ship while he was Commander, Cruiser Division Six from March 1954 to January 1955.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98458.

USNHC
Columbus 113k

Navy Day Fleet Review, New York Harbor, 27 October 1945 - Ships of the review fleet anchored in the Hudson River, with New York City's Riverside Drive and the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial in the foreground. The George Washington Bridge is in the distance. Ships present are (from left to center): USS Augusta (CA 31); USS Boise (CL 47); USS Columbus (CA 74); and USS Monterey (CVL 26). An escort carrier and several destroyers are anchored beyond Monterey.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-K-16473.

National Archives
Columbus
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USS Columbus (CA 74). 3 November. 1952. Mediterranean Sea. Cannot make out ship behind her.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph # USN 482321.

Ed Zajkowski
Columbus
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Med-moored in Genoa, Italy, late 1954.

Carlo Martinelli
COLUMBUS As Converted Into Guided Missile Cruiser CG 12
(1962 - 1976)
Columbus
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60k USS Columbus while under conversion to a missile cruiser, circa 1961. Note her new CG number painted on her hull. Photo courtesy of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Robert Hurst
Columbus
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View of USS Columbus (CG 12) on sea trials in 1962.

Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum

Darryl Baker
Columbus
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Commissioning Program for the USS Columbus (CG 12) that was held at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on 1 December 1962. (image cleaned up by Tom Kermen)

Front Cover.

Robert M. Cieri
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Commissioning Program for the USS Columbus (CG 12) that was held at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on 1 December 1962.

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Robert M. Cieri
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Commissioning Program for the USS Columbus (CG 12) that was held at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on 1 December 1962.

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Commissioning Program for the USS Columbus (CG 12) that was held at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on 1 December 1962.

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Commissioning Program for the USS Columbus (CG 12) that was held at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on 1 December 1962.

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Commissioning Program for the USS Columbus (CG 12) that was held at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on 1 December 1962.

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Commissioning Program for the USS Columbus (CG 12) that was held at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on 1 December 1962.

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Commissioning Program for the USS Columbus (CG 12) that was held at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on 1 December 1962.

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Commissioning Program for the USS Columbus (CG 12) that was held at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on 1 December 1962.

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Commissioning Program for the USS Columbus (CG 12) that was held at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on 1 December 1962.

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Commissioning Program for the USS Columbus (CG 12) that was held at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on 1 December 1962.

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Commissioning Program for the USS Columbus (CG 12) that was held at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on 1 December 1962.

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Commissioning Program for the USS Columbus (CG 12) that was held at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on 1 December 1962.

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Stern view of the USS Columbus (CG 12) at her re-commissioning at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on 1 December 1962.

Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum

Darryl Baker
Columbus 95k Undated, 1963+, Showing differences from the original Baltimore conversions. This was double ended and all conventional guns were removed with the exception of 2 5"/38AA's and thus they became "True Missile Cruisers". USN
Columbus 134k See above. USN
Columbus 102k Cover of pamphlet from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in the early 1960's. EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
Columbus 161k Nice Starboard bow view while underway. Jim McCoy
Columbus
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54k Starboard bow view, date and location unknown. Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Columbus 100k

USS Columbus (CG 12) The cruiser's ASROC (Antisubmarine Rocket) launcher, 1962. Note the shipping canister on deck by the launcher, probably containing an ASROC rocket.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98463.

USNHC
Columbus 62k

USS Columbus (CG 12) Talos guided missiles on one of the cruiser's launchers, 1962. This photograph was received by "All Hands" magazine on 27 November 1962. Note that there are no wings or fins on the missiles or boosters.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98462.

USNHC
Columbus
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Caption on photo states "Progress photo, 25 June 1962"

Puget Naval Shipyard Photo #NSH-696.

EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
Columbus 128k

USS Columbus (CG 12) Maneuvering during a readiness demonstration by Task Force 10 for President John F. Kennedy on 25 May 1963. The President was then embarked on USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63), operating in the eastern Pacific. Photographed by PHC R.W. Smith, of USS Kitty Hawk.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98460.

USNHC
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33k Port side view, 18 November 1963, location unknown. Robert Hurst
Oklahoma City 90k

USS Columbus (CG 12), at left, and USS Oklahoma City (CLG 5) Moored to Buoys 21, 22 & 23, at San Diego, California, 14 March 1964. Photographed by PH2 R.D. Fennell, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98673.

USNHC
Columbus 89k

USS Columbus (CG 12) Steaming off San Diego, California, 19 February 1965.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 82722-KN.

USNHC
Columbus
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95k Columbus along with USS Collett (DD 730) and USS Blue (DD 744) in 1965, location unknown. Tommy Trampp
Columbus 72k

USS Columbus (CG 12) Fires a Tartar guided missile. Note the single Talos missile on the ship's after launcher, and the variety of radar antennas pointed to port. This photograph was received by the Naval Photographic Center on 5 October 1965.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #KN-11658.

National Archives
Columbus 106k

USS Columbus (CG 12) Refueling from USS Seattle (AOE 3), November 1970. Note Columbus' name spelled out on a line above the 26-foot motor whaleboat, amidships, with the ship's band playing on the deck above.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 96639.

USNHC
Columbus 104k

USS Columbus (CG 12) Steams astern of USS Independence (CVA 62), while operating in the Mediterranean Sea with Task Group 60.2, December 1970. Photographed by PH3 J. Rose, of USS Independence.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98461.

USNHC
Columbus 105k

USS Columbus (CG 12) Underway in the Mediterranean Sea, during her last Sixth Fleet cruise, 1974. This photograph was received from the ship's Executive Officer in December 1974.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 81595.

USNHC

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Hobbs, Allen, CAPT   06/08/45 - 03/13/46
Moore, Walter Ellery, CAPT RADM 03/13/46 - 01/22/47
Miles, Milton Edward, CAPT VADM 01/22/47 - 12/04/47
Cady, John Parmalee, CAPT   12/04/47 - 10/07/48
Will, John Mylin, CAPT ADM 10/07/48 - 10/03/49
McLean Jr., Ephraim Rankin., CAPT VADM 10/03/49 - 09/12/50
Wellings, Joseph Harold, CAPT RADM 09/12/50 - 08/02/51
Warder, Frederick Burdett (Freddy), CAPT RADM 08/02/51 - 03/14/52
Campbell, Gordon, CAPT   03/14/52 - 02/26/53
Reynolds, Luther Kendrick, CAPT RADM 02/26/53 - 01/28/54
Van Mater, Blinn, CAPT RADM 01/28/54 - 11/18/54
Grant, James Donald Livingston, CAPT   11/18/54 - 02/10/56
Seay, George Cameron, CAPT RADM 02/10/56 - 03/15/57
Uehling, Gordon Alexander., CAPT   03/15/57 - 04/04/58
Johnson, Ralph Clarence., CAPT RADM 04/04/58 - 12/19/58
Morton, Thomas Howard., CAPT RADM 12/19/58 - 05/18/59
Decommissioned   05/08/59 - 12/01/62
Boyd, Gideon Millard, CAPT   12/01/62 - 10/12/64
Joslin, Royal Knight, CAPT   10/12/64 - 03/04/66
Stecher Jr., Lewis Joseph, CAPT   03/04/66 - 10/05/67
Arthur, William Alexander, CAPT   10/05/67 - 02/06/69
Downey, Denis-James Joseph, CAPT VADM 02/06/69 - 08/14/70
Robeson Jr., Robert Holmes, CAPT   08/14/70 - 08/03/71
Carpenter, Harold Lloyd, CAPT   08/03/71 - 08/21/73
Rowden, William Henry, CAPT VADM 08/21/73 - 08/02/74
Helms Jr., Raymond Earl, CAPT   08/02/74 - 01/31/75

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


USS COLUMBUS (CA 74/CG 12) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

CA-74 or CG-12 as well as the submarine SSN-762.
Contact Name: Al Hope, President
Address:
Phone: 260-486-2221
E-mail: ca74_cg12@hotmail.com or kustomkomputers@hotmail.com

Currently scheduled reunions:
September 21-25, 2006, San Antonio, TX


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 Columbus CA-74/CG-12/SSN-762 website.

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