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USS BILOXI (CL 80)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Uniform - Mike - Victor

CLASS - CLEVELAND
Displacement 10,000 Tons, Dimensions, 610' 1" (oa) x 66' 4" x 25' (Max)
Armament 12 x 6"/47, 12 x 5"/38AA, 28 x 40mm, 10 x 20mm, 4 Aircraft
Armor, 5" Belt, 6" Turrets, 2" Deck, 5" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 100,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 32.5 Knots, Crew 1255.
Operational and Building Data
Launched 23 FEB 1943
Commissioned 31 AUG 1943
Decommissioned 29 AUG 1946
Stricken SEP 1961
Fate: Sold for scrap on 05 MAR 1962 to Zidell Explorations, Portland, OR.

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Biloxi
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43k Starboard side midships looking aft while undergoing Inclining at New York Shipbuilding, Camden, NJ on 21 August 1943. Pieter Bakels
Biloxi
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38k Looking aft from the bow while undergoing Inclining at New York Shipbuilding, Camden, NJ on 21 August 1943. Pieter Bakels
Biloxi 25k Starboard bow view while underway on 15th September, 1943, location unknown (Caption updated by Bob Hirst). USN
Biloxi 92k

40mm quad-mounted antiaircraft machine guns in action, during a shakedown cruise battle practice, October 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-K-14526.

Scott Dyben/National Archives
Biloxi 121k

Photo is dated 19 February 1945, but was probably taken during the ship's shakedown cruise, circa October 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98263.

USNHC
Biloxi 70k

Underway during her shakedown cruise, October 1943. She is painted in Measure 21 (overall Navy Blue) camouflage.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-K-2826-A.

National Archives
Biloxi 105k

Underway off the U.S. East Coast, 20 November 1943. Photographed from a blimp of squadron ZP-14, based as Naval Air Station Weeksville, North Carolina.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98262.

USNHC
Biloxi 187k

Underway at sea, circa late 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 45698.

USNHC
Biloxi 124k

Personnel inspection on the ship's afterdeck, during her shakedown period, circa October 1943. Note her aircraft catapults, with Curtiss SO3C floatplanes on top, and her hangar hatch cover.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-K-2832.

National Archives
Biloxi 145k

Catapults a Curtiss SO3C "Seamew" floatplane, during her shakedown period, circa October 1943. Note the plane's national insignia, with the red surround briefly used in mid-1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-K-2836.

National Archives
Biloxi 70k

Firing her 6"/47 main battery guns while steaming in a turn, during her shakedown cruise, October 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-K-2850.

National Archives
Biloxi 126k

40mm quad-mounted guns firing during battle practice while the ship was shaking down in October 1943. The view looks forward along the ship's port side, with a 5"/38 twin gun mount beyond the 40mm guns.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-K-2844.

National Archives
Biloxi 80k

Shelling Japanese positions on Okinawa, 30 March 1945. USS Portland (CA 33) is in the left background, also taking part in the bombardment. Photographed from USS West Virginia (BB 48).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-315085.

National Archives

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
McGurl, Daniel Michael, CAPT   08/31/1943 - 1944
Heineman, Paul Ralph, CAPT   10/20/1944 - 06/1945
Blackledge, Allan Douglas, CAPT   06/1945 - 05/19/1946
Kerr, Robert Hartley, CDR   05/19/1946 - 08/20/1946
Verhoye, Harry James, CDR   08/20/1946 - 10/29/1946

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


USS BILOXI (CL 80) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Clancey Inman
Address: PO Box 874 Athens, TN, 37371-0874
Phone: None listed.
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.


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