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USS VICKSBURG (CL 86)


     
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Uniform - Delta - Whiskey

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - CONSTABLE


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
Ordered 09 SEP 1940
Keel laid as Cheyenne on 26 OCT 1942 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA
Renamed Vicksburg 26 NOV 1942
Launched 14 DEC 1943
Commissioned 12 JUN 1944
Decommissioned 30 JUN 1947
Stricken 1 OCT 1962
Fate: Sold for scrap on 25 AUG 1964 to NASSCO, Terminal Island, CA.

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Combat Action Ribbon - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - WWII Victory Medal - Navy World War II Occupation Medal w/ASIA Clasp



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Vicksburg
0408630
281k Vicksburg a few days prior to her launching at Newport News Shipbuilding. Dale Hargrave
Vicksburg
0408629
408k Vicksburg sliding down the ways into the James River on 14 December 1943. Dale Hargrave
Birmingham
0406247
153k

Camouflage Measure 33, Design 6D

Drawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for a camouflage scheme intended for light cruisers of the CL 55 (Cleveland) class. Ships known to have worn this scheme included USS Birmingham (CL 62) and USS Vicksburg (CL 86). This plan, showing the ship's starboard side, superstructure ends and exposed decks, is dated 19 January 1944, and was approved by Captain Logan McKee, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #80-G-105496

Russ Moody
Birmingham
0406248
122k

Camouflage Measure 33, Design 6D

Drawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for a camouflage scheme intended for light cruisers of the CL 55 (Cleveland) class. Ships known to have worn this scheme included USS Birmingham (CL 62) and USS Vicksburg (CL 86). This plan, showing the ship's port side, is dated 19 January 1944, and was approved by Captain Logan McKee, USN

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #80-G-105496

Russ Moody
Vicksburg
0408609
61k

Starboard quarter view, date and location unknown.

U.S. Navy Photo.

David Buell
Vicksburg 155k A load of powder being transfered to the USS Vicksburg from USS Shasta (AE 6) Naval War College
Biloxi
0408611
34k Portside midships, location unknown, 1944. Pieter Bakels
Vicksburg
0408602
336k

Starboard side view, off the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, 16 Jul 1944.

U.S. Navy photo #8158(44)

David Buell
Vicksburg 119k August 1944, Good details of forward section of ship. USN
Vicksburg
0408628
352k

USS Vicksburg (CL 86), starboard side view, 4 October 1944, location unknown.

NARA Photo #80-G-281814

Rob Hanshew
Vicksburg 132k

USS Vicksburg (CL 86) Off the U.S. East Coast, 17 October 1944. Photographed by from a blimp of squadron ZP-12, based at Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey. The ship is painted in Camouflage Measure 33, Design 6d.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98331.

Fred Weiss/USNHC
Vicksburg
0408612
142k

Quad 40mm mount.

Deck scene activity and combat activity shot aboard USS Vicksburg from March to May 1945 while operating with TG38.1/58.1. Camera work by Ray Rabreau and Walt Lansky. Used courtesy of Frank Romano and Jeffrey Herne.

John Chiquoine
Vicksburg
0408613
106k

Vicksburg scorecard.

Deck scene activity and combat activity shot aboard USS Vicksburg from March to May 1945 while operating with TG38.1/58.1. Camera work by Ray Rabreau and Walt Lansky. Used courtesy of Frank Romano and Jeffrey Herne.

John Chiquoine
Vicksburg
0408614
95k

Splash from downed Kamakazie.

Deck scene activity and combat activity shot aboard USS Vicksburg from March to May 1945 while operating with TG38.1/58.1. Camera work by Ray Rabreau and Walt Lansky. Used courtesy of Frank Romano and Jeffrey Herne.

John Chiquoine
Vicksburg
0408615
83k

OS2U Kingfisher flipped during recovery.

Deck scene activity and combat activity shot aboard USS Vicksburg from March to May 1945 while operating with TG38.1/58.1. Camera work by Ray Rabreau and Walt Lansky. Used courtesy of Frank Romano and Jeffrey Herne.

John Chiquoine
Vicksburg
0408616
70k

Utility boat at site of flipped OS2U Kingfisher.

Deck scene activity and combat activity shot aboard USS Vicksburg from March to May 1945 while operating with TG38.1/58.1. Camera work by Ray Rabreau and Walt Lansky. Used courtesy of Frank Romano and Jeffrey Herne.

John Chiquoine
Vicksburg
0408625
 

The damaged OS2U Kingfisher is brought aboard.

Deck scene activity and combat activity shot aboard USS Vicksburg from March to May 1945 while operating with TG38.1/58.1. Camera work by Ray Rabreau and Walt Lansky. Used courtesy of Frank Romano and Jeffrey Herne.

John Chiquoine
Vicksburg
0408617
67k

Ships searchlights at night.

Deck scene activity and combat activity shot aboard USS Vicksburg from March to May 1945 while operating with TG38.1/58.1. Camera work by Ray Rabreau and Walt Lansky. Used courtesy of Frank Romano and Jeffrey Herne.

John Chiquoine
Vicksburg
0408621
118k Taking aboard more 8" powder and sending empty storage tanks back. John Chiquoine
Vicksburg
0408622
121k Same evolution as previous photo. John Chiquoine
Vicksburg
0408623
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Kamakize hit overhead.

Deck scene activity and combat activity shot aboard USS Vicksburg from March to May 1945 while operating with TG38.1/58.1. Camera work by Ray Rabreau and Walt Lansky. Used courtesy of Frank Romano and Jeffrey Herne.

John Chiquoine
Vicksburg
0408624
103k

View from the Main Battery Director..

Deck scene activity and combat activity shot aboard USS Vicksburg from March to May 1945 while operating with TG38.1/58.1. Camera work by Ray Rabreau and Walt Lansky. Used courtesy of Frank Romano and Jeffrey Herne.

John Chiquoine
Vicksburg
0408618
88k

Kamakize hit overhead.

Deck scene activity and combat activity shot aboard USS Vicksburg from March to May 1945 while operating with TG38.1/58.1. Camera work by Ray Rabreau and Walt Lansky. Used courtesy of Frank Romano and Jeffrey Herne.

John Chiquoine
Vicksburg 114k

Japanese "Kamikaze" aircraft Burning after it was hit by gunfire while attempting to crash into USS Vicksburg (CL 86) off Okinawa, 14 May 1945. Photographed from Vicksburg's forward superstructure, with the ship's foremast yardarm in the foreground. Note weather reporting instrument on the yardarm, and the antenna for an SK-1 air search radar partially visible at right.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-490019.

Fred Weiss/National Archives
Vicksburg
0408619
69k

Heading in...

Deck scene activity and combat activity shot aboard USS Vicksburg from March to May 1945 while operating with TG38.1/58.1. Camera work by Ray Rabreau and Walt Lansky. Used courtesy of Frank Romano and Jeffrey Herne.

John Chiquoine
Vicksburg
0408620
65k

Splash one Kamakize.

Deck scene activity and combat activity shot aboard USS Vicksburg from March to May 1945 while operating with TG38.1/58.1. Camera work by Ray Rabreau and Walt Lansky. Used courtesy of Frank Romano and Jeffrey Herne.

John Chiquoine
Vicksburg 148k USS Harrison (DD 573) alongside USS Vicksburg (CL 86) 16 May 1945 in TG38.1. View from USS Schroeder (DD 501). From the collection of Joe Mock. Note the smoke visible in aviation hangar area. John Chiquoine
Vicksburg
0408627
245k Plan of the Day for the USS Vicksburg (CL 86) for the day the war ended. DCC(SS/SW) David Johnston, USN
Vicksburg 120k

USS Vicksburg (CL 86) Arrives off San Francisco, California, soon after the end of World War II, probably in October 1945. She is flying a long "homeward bound" pennant from her mainmast.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 66437.

Fred Weiss/USNHC
Vicksburg
0408610
362k Portside view while at anchor in Monterrey Bay, California on Navy Day, 27 October 1945. Chris Albright
Vicksburg
0409826
2m Bows-on view at Mare Island on 26 October 1946 (Navy Day) with large number of civilians visitors. Darryl Baker
Vicksburg
0409807
508k Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA, 31 March 1963. From Right to Left: Unknown Cleveland Class Light Cruiser, USS Vicksburg (CL 86), USS Bremerton (CA 130), USS Worcester (CL 144), USS Roanoke (CL 145), USS Tucson (CLAA 98). Dennis Tyra

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Vose, William Cecil, CAPT RADM 06/12/1944 - 07/27/1945
Grannis, Lawrence C., CAPT   07/27/1945 - 1946
Winant Jr., Frank Ingersoll, CDR   1946 - 02/21/1947

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


USS VICKSBURG (CL-86) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. John J Desiderio
Address: 22 Greenbriar Rd Blackwood, NJ, 08012-2114
Phone: 609-589-5461
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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