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USS HELENA (CA 75)

Image courtesy of Al Grazevich


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Uniform - Delta - Romeo
Voice Call Sign: Gladiator


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
Launched 28 APR 1945
Commissioned 04 SEP 1945
Decommissioned 29 JUN 1963
Stricken 1 JAN 1974
Fate: Sold for scrap 03 NOV 1974
Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

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Helena 122k Undated photograph of Port bow. . USN
Helena 77k

USS Helena (CA 75) Underway in Boston Harbor on 3 September 1945, the day before she was placed in commission. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute, James C. Fahey Collection.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 95817.

USNHC
Helena 109k

USS Helena (CA 75) Underway in Quincy Bay, Massachusetts, on 3 September 1945, the day before she was placed in commission. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute, James C. Fahey Collection.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 95818.

USNHC
Helena 145k

USS Helena (CA 75) In Quincy Bay, Massachusetts, on 3 September 1945, the day before she was placed in commission. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute, James C. Fahey Collection.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. #NH 95819.

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Helena 70k

USS Helena (CA 75) Off the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, 22 October 1945. Her name has been painted on her side in preparation for the Navy Day Fleet Review at New York City on 27 October. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute, James C. Fahey Collection.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 95820.

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Helena 77k

USS Helena (CA 75) Probably photographed in the Hudson River, off New York City, during the Navy Day Naval Review, circa 27 October 1945. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 67682.

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Helena 138k

USS Helena fires a broadside from her 8"/55 main battery at Chongjin, North Korea, on 12-13 OCT 1950. At the time this was Helena's Northernmost Korean War combat mission.

Naval Historical Center Photo #NH 95822.

USNHC
Helena
0407525
84k
Off Korea, on 15 October 1950. Note the Sikorsky HO3S-1 helicopter, belonging to Squadron HU-1 taking off with observers to spot for Helena's guns.
Robert Hurst
Helena
0407522
102k

Helena conducting UNREP operations from an unknown (possibily USS Zelima (AF 48)) ship in November 1951 off of Korea. This photo was taken from the USS Los Angeles (CA 135)

From the collection of N.A. "Stretch" Brown (forwarded by Carol Edgemon Hipperson author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor & World War II in the Pacific).

Carol Edgemon
Helena 142k Port side view while on the "Bomb Line" off the coast of Korea, in the Sea of Japan , late 1952. Photo taken from the USS O'Brian (DD 725), USS Helena's ASW Screen. Roy C. Thomas
Helena 111k Starboard side view while on the "Bomb Line" off the coast of Korea, in the Sea of Japan , late 1952. Photo taken from the USS O'Brian (DD 725), USS Helena's ASW Screen. Roy C. Thomas
Helena 183k Starboard quarter view while on the "Bomb Line" off the coast of Korea, in the Sea of Japan , late 1952. Photo taken from the USS O'Brian (DD 725), USS Helena's ASW Screen. Roy C. Thomas
Helena 151k Starboard side view while on the "Bomb Line" off the coast of Korea, in the Sea of Japan , late 1952. Photo taken from the USS O'Brian (DD 725), USS Helena's ASW Screen. Roy C. Thomas
Helena 139k Port side view while on the "Bomb Line" off the coast of Korea, in the Sea of Japan , late 1952. Photo taken from the USS O'Brian (DD 725), USS Helena's ASW Screen. Roy C. Thomas
Helena 45k

USS Helena (CA 75) In Apra Harbor, Guam, December 1952, while en route to the U.S. following her third Korean War combat tour. During this voyage, she carried President-Elect Dwight D. Eisenhower and his party from Guam to Pearl Harbor. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute, James C. Fahey Collection.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 95821.

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Helena
0407520
139k Port bow view, 1953, location unknown. Note the port stern AA guntub has been removed. David Buell
Toledo
0413318
208k An aerial view of Yokosuka sometime between 1954 and 1955. Ships pictured from front are: USS Princeton (CVS-37), USS Toledo (CA 133), USS Los Angeles (CA 135), USS Rochester (CA 124), and USS Helena (CA 75). This was about 1/4 of the active Cruisers for that period. BMCS Richard Miller USN (Ret.)
Helena 123k

USS Helena (CA 75) With a Regulus I guided missile on her fantail being readied for firing during tests off Monterey, California, in early 1957. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute, James C. Fahey Collection.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 95824.

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Helena 50k

USS Helena (CA 75) Underway in January 1957, with a Regulus I guided missile on her fantail launching platform. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute, "Our Navy" Collection.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 95823.

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Helena
0407527
116k Regulus I launching from the stern platform in 1957 U. S. Navy
Helena
0407518
1950k

USS Helena (CA 75) underway in San Francisco Bay, 1958.

Photo by Allied Photographers of San Francisco.

Robert M. Cieri
Helena
0407524
244k

Los Angeles Examiner (7 July 1958) - Thirty-two members of cruiser Helena (CL 75) who saved life of heart surgery victim by giving blood award. Their blood saved the life of heart surgery victim. 32 members of the heavy cruiser Helena form "V" around a regulus on the fantail of the Helena after they had been given Red Cross special citation. The operation was successful. Entire crew witnessed ceremonies in which Rear Admiral M.H. Hubbard, commander Cruiser Division 3, presented the citation and shook hands with the men.

The ship in the background is the USS Wikinson (DL 5) with her forward 5"/54, 3"/50 and Weapon Alpha mounts visible.

From the USC Libraries Special Collections Doheny Memorial Library, Los Angeles, CA

Bill Gonyo
Helena
0407523
260k AP Photo date stamped 1958 AUG 7 showing 3"/50 gun crew and signal bridge/FlagBag area. (Caption on back) - (FX2-Sept.7)-WATCH VAPOR TRAILS OVER QUEMOY--U.S.sailors aboard the United States cruiser Helena, at battle stations while escorting Chinese Nationalist ships in the touchy Quemoy Island area, scan sky after vapor trails were sighted overhead. Planes were later identified as friendly. (AP Wirephoto via radio from Taipei via Tokyo)(bill00stf-rt) 1958 Tommy Trampp
Helena
0407528
 

Regulus Missile - October 1959

 

Robert Tome
Helena
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  Regulus Missile - October 1959 Robert Tome
Helena
0407530
  Stern rigged for underway - October 1959. Note the HUP-2 helicopter lashed to the deck to starboard of the Hanger hatch. Robert Tome
Helena
0407521
119k Port side aerial view while underway sometime between 1960 - 1962, location unknown. From the follection of Darrell Robertson David Robertson
Helena
0407519
349k USS Helena (CA 75) Underway in late 1960, with a Regulus I guided missile on her fantail launching platform. David Buell
Helena 121k

USS Helena (CA 75) At Hong Kong in 1961-62.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 96899.

USNHC
Helena 114k

USS Helena (CA 75) At sea in 1961-62, following modernization with a new foremast supporting the very large antenna for SPS-43 radar.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 96900.

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Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
McCollum, Arthur Howard., CAPT RADM 09/04/45 - 10/05/46
Blue, Robert Eugene, CAPT   10/05/46 - 07/15/47
Wendt, Waldemar Frederick August, CDR ADM 07/15/47 - 08/07/47
Burford, William Page., CAPT   08/07/47 - 08/03/48
Towner Sr., George Crosby, CAPT VADM 08/03/48 - 09/24/49
Collins, Howard Lyman, CAPT RADM 09/24/49 - 07/12/50
Larson, Harold Oscar. (Swede), CAPT VADM 07/12/50 - 08/02/51
Martin, Lawrence H., CAPT   08/02/51 - 01/19/52
Dyer, Walter Leo., CAPT RADM 01/19/52 - 02/06/53
Cohn, James Edward, CAPT RADM 02/06/53 - 06/11/54
Adamson, Frank Marshall, CAPT RADM 06/11/54 - 07/22/55
Smith, Harry, CAPT RADM 07/22/55 - 10/06/56
Spring, Arthur Finn, CAPT RADM 10/06/56 - 12/07/57
Lay, James Thomas., CAPT   12/07/57 - 03/05/59
Johnson, Nels Clarence, CAPT VADM 03/05/59 - 04/60
Kauffman, Draper Laurence, CAPT RADM 04/60 - 02/04/61
Abhau, William Conrad, CAPT RADM 02/04/61 - 12/31/62
Bagby Jr., Oliver Walton, CAPT   12/31/62 - 06/29/63

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


USS HELENA (CA-75) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
CL-50 - CA-75 - SSN-725

Contact Name: Mr. Gene Alexander
Address: 7732 Firehorn Ln Las Vegas, NV, 89123-2001
Phone: 702-361-3742
E-mail: None


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 Helena Reunion Association

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