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USS MANCHESTER (CL 83)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Uniform - Juliet - Zulu


Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski
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
Keel laid on 25 SEP 1944 by the Fore River Shipyard, Bethlehem Steel Corp., Quincy, MA
Launched 05 MAR 1945
Commissioned 29 OCT 1946
Decommissioned 27 JUN 1956
Stricken 01 APR 1960
Fate: Sold for scrap on 31 OCT 1960 to Nicolai Joffe Corp., Beverly Hills, CA.

Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

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Manchester
0408323
97k Starboard bow view in October 1946, prior to commissioning. Pieter Bakels
Manchester
0408317
379k Port quarter view while underway, date and location unknown. David Buell
Manchester
0408318
456k Port side view while underway, date and location unknown. David Buell
Manchester
0408325
743k High lining operation, date and place unknown. Darryl Baker
Manchester
0408314
1632k

Starboard bow view from the 1950's, location unknown.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph

Robert M. Cieri
Manchester
0408315
1816k

Starboard bow photo while underway in San Francisco bay in the 1950's.

Photo taken by Allied Photographers of San Francisco.

Robert M. Cieri
Manchester 158k Broadside view of the ship during the Korean War as seen from the USS Missouri (BB 63). USN
Manchester 152k Firing on North Korean positions, smoke rings are seen while firing a 6"/47 salvo. USN
Manchester 92k As part of TF 95, the Manchester's #4 turret is seen firing on Communist positions around Wosan, Korea. USN
Manchester 109k

USS Manchester (CL 83) Photographed from a USS Philippine Sea plane while operating in the Mediterranean Sea, 9 MAR 1948. Note that the ship still retained one aircraft catapult at this time.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collection of Rear Admiral Frederick S. Withington, USN, held by the Naval Historical Center #NH 97200.

USNHC
Manchester 98k

USS Manchester (CL 83) Underway in August 1950, possibly while en route to join the Seventh Fleet for Korean War combat operations. Photographed by Ph1 Hugh Le Gros, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97181.

USNHC
Manchester 100k

USS Manchester (CL 83) Underway, circa 1950-52, probably in U.S. West Coast waters prior to her first or second Korean War deployments.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97183.

USNHC
Manchester 139k

USS Manchester (CL 83) Underway, circa 1950-52, probably in U.S. West Coast waters prior to her first or second Korean War deployments.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97182.

USNJC
Manchester 100k

USS Manchester (CL 83) "Returning to bombline off coast of Korea after a short rest period in Yokosuka, Japan." (Quoted from the original caption). The photo is dated November 1953, but was actually taken during Manchester's first two Korean War tours, 1950-52. All of her 6-inch gun turrets, four of her 5"/38 gun mounts and all of her main and secondary gun directors are trained on the port beam.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97180.

USNHC
Manchester 109k Completed too late for use in WW2, the Manchester was commissioned on October 29, 1946. All of her sisters were decommissioned before the Korean War; the Manchester being the only active Cleveland class during the conflict. In this photo, the Manchester is bombarding Communist positions around Wosan, Korea in 1951, her superstructure being eerily lit up by the flash of her guns. USN
Manchester 157k

USS Manchester (CL 83) Replenishing ammunition while alongside USS Mount Katmai (AE 16) in Wonsan harbor, North Korea, within sight of enemy gun batteries, circa early 1951. Note projectiles on deck on both ships, powder tanks stacked on Mount Katmai, and wooden planks laid on Mount Katmai's decks. It appears that projectiles are being brought on board Manchester, while empty powder tanks are being carried off of her. Projectiles are being hoisted into Manchester's turret number two (in lower left). Photo was received by the Naval Photographic Center on 3 MAY 1951.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97184.

Fred Weiss/USNHC
Manchester
0408326
192k

L.A. Examiner Digital Archive - Rear Admiral Earl Stone and Lieutenant Commander Julian E. Rawls are conducting Citations and Awards Ceremony aboard the cruiser USS Manchester on 20 October 1951.

Photo from the Special Collections, Doheny Memorial Library, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Bill Gonyo
Manchester 140k

USS Manchester (CL 83) Sikorski HO3S helicopter, of squadron HU-1, lands on the cruiser's after deck after a gunfire spotting mission off the Korean coast, March 1953. Note: Manchester's wooden decking with aircraft tie-down strips and hangar cover tracks; 6"/47 triple gun turrets; 5"/38 and 3"/50 twin gun mounts.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 92578.

USNHC
Manchester 148k

USS Manchester (CL 83) returns enemy counter-battery fire with her forward turret's 6"/47 guns, while operating off the North Korean east coast, March 1953. Note life rafts and floater nets stowed atop turret two.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97186.

Fred Weiss/USNHC
Manchester 74k

USS Manchester (CL 83) Engaging shore batteries off Wonsan, North Korea. Photo is dated 17 JUN 1953. Note splash from an enemy shell that has hit "over". The small island at right is Hwangto-Do.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-483203.

National Archives
Manchester
0408320
101k

USS Manchester (CL 83) fires the left 6"/47 gun of turret three at enemy shore batteries while operating off Wonsan, North Korea.
Photo was released by Commander Naval Forces Far East, under date of 7 July 1953.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97185

USNHC
Manchester
0408321
106k

"Aftermath -- Amidst scattered brass casings, a lone sailor observes the enemy coastline as the cruiser USS Manchester (CL 83), her shore bombardment completed, steams away from Wonsan Harbor." Photo and caption released by Commander Naval Forces Far East, under date of 7 July 1953. A heavy cruiser is visible in the center distance, beyond Manchester's fantail.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97187

USNHC
Manchester
04083p01
839k A painting of USS Manchester (CL 83) near Monterry Bay in 1954 by artist Wayne Scarpaci. The title of the painting is "Ebb Tide". Wayne Scarpaci
Manchester
0408324
398k USS Manchester (CL 83) heading into San Francisco Bay with the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. Photo is stamped, "Official USN Photograph, N.A.S. Alameda", and also stamped, "RECEIVED EXAMINER REFERENCE LIBRARY FEB. 21 1954", from the San Francisco Examiner files. David Buell
Manchester
0408319
238k

Port bow view 5 July 1954, location unknown but probably Long Beach, California.

Official U. S. Navy Photograph #112-7-5-54

David Buell
Manchester
0408316
305k

Port side view of USS Manchester (CL 83) in dry dock #2 at Mare Island on 17 December 1954.

U.S. Navy Photo #24003-12-54

Darryl Baker
Manchester
0408322
264k

Port side view identifying numerous antennas.

U.S. Navy Photo #NY9-24709-3-55

David Buell

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Hale, Peter Gerald, CAPT   10/29/1946 - 07/19/1947
Keating, John Stuart, CAPT   07/19/1947 - 02/08/1948
Withington, Frederic Stanton, CAPT RADM 02/08/1948 - 08/07/1948
Nunn, Ira Hudson, CAPT RADM 08/07/1948 - 09/10/1949
Wilkins, Charles Warren (Weary), CAPT VADM 09/10/1949 - 07/19/1950
Parks, Lewis Smith, CAPT RADM 07/19/1950 - 07/12/1951
Frost, Laurence Hugh, CAPT VADM 07/12/1951 - 05/29/1952
Griggs, Gale Emerson, CAPT RADM 05/29/1952 - 07/04/1953
McKinney, Joseph Dwight, CAPT   07/04/1953 - 03/19/1955
Collins, Dale Edmond, CAPT RADM 03/19/1955 - 06/27/1956

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


USS MANCHESTER (CL 83) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Gordon Cooper
Address: 8113 Wexford Drive, Austin, TX 8759
Phone: Phone (512) 331-7789
E-mail: gcooper1@sbcglobal.net
Reunion Date:
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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 Manchester webpage by Edwin Jones.
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