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USS MIAMI (CL 89)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Bravo - Yankee - Uniform

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 02 AUG 1941 by the Cramp Shipbuilding Co., Philadelphia, PA
Launched 08 DEC 1942
Commissioned 28 DEC 1943
Decommissioned 30 JUN 1947
Stricken 1 SEP 1961
Fate: Sold for scrap on 20 JUL 1962 to Nicolai Joffe Corp., Beverly Hills, CA.

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Miami 107k

USS Miami (CL 89) Launching, at the Cramp Shipbuilding Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 8 December 1942. Note anchors and chains hanging near the ship's bow, for use in stopping her once she was afloat. Courtesy of Mr. James Russell, 1972.

U.S. Naval Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 75601.

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Miami
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24k Commissioning Program cover. Ron Reeves
Miami
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233k Commissioning Program. Ron Reeves
Miami 99k Undated, somewhat dark photo of starboard bow. USN
Miami 173k Undated. (Poor Image) USN
Miami 75k Undated. At anchor USN
Miami 82k Undated broadside photo. USN
Miami 218k Taken from an aircraft assigned to USS Bennington (CV 20). Miami was with Hornet (CV 12) and Bennington the last part of WWII. Photo by Lowell Love. Steve Whitby
Miami 59k Seen here in late 1944. (Poor Image) USN
Miami 65k

USS Miami (CL 89) Photograph taken circa early 1944, showing the ship painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 1d. This image was retouched for World War II public release purposes. However, note that while the censor removed the entire forward main battery gun director, the after director and its radar antenna remain completely visible. Radar antennas atop the secondary battery gun directors and the masts have also been removed, and the ship's hull number, near her bow, has been circled.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 46257.

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Miami 110k

USS Miami (CL 89) Underway at sea, circa early 1944. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 1d.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98403.

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Miami 81k

USS Miami (CL 89) Steaming in heavy seas during her shakedown cruise, 17 February 1944. Photographed from USS Quincy (CA 71).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98405.

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Miami 94k

USS Miami (CL 89) At Trinidad, British West Indies, with her crew at quarters on deck, 19 February 1944. Note her Measure 32, Design 1d camouflage, considerably worn away forward by wave action. Miami was then on her shakedown cruise. Photographed from USS Quincy (CA 71).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98404.

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Miami 78k

USS Miami (CL 89) Underway at sea, 27 April 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-358622.

National Archives
Miami 70k

USS Miami (CL 89) Prepares to depart for the invasion of Okinawa, March 1945. Probably taken at Ulithi Atoll. Photographed from USS West Virginia (BB 48).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-K-3812.

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Miami
0408918
108k Three aircraft mechanics at work on an OS2U-3 Kingfisher of VCS-14 aboard the cruiser Miami on March 2, 1945. Roel Bakels
Miami 83k

USS Miami (CL 89) Crewmen hoisting in one of the ship's paravanes, during operations in the Pacific Ocean, 26 March 1945. Photographed by R.J. Guttosch. Note sheath knives worn by some of these Sailors.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-K-4272.

National Archives
Miami 99k

Okinawa Campaign, 1945 - A Japanese airplane ("believed 'Zeke'") about to crash into the sea as a result of heavy anti-aircraft gunfire, during an air attack on Task Group 58.1 off Okinawa, 14 April 1945. Photographed from USS Miami (CL 89), whose 5"/38 and 40mm guns are firing in the foreground. Two other ships, nearly hidden by gunfire smoke, are in the distance.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-324543.

National Archives
Miami 68k

USS Miami (CL 89) In a Pacific Ocean anchorage, soon after the end of the war with Japan, circa September-October 1945. Photographed from USS Antietam (CV 36).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98406.

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Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Crawford, John Goble, CAPT RADM 12/28/1943 - 01/28/1945
Binford, Thomas Howell, CAPT RADM 02/01/1945 - 05/1945
Boulton Jr., Robert, CAPT   12/1945 - 11/1946
Braun, William Baumert, CDR   11/1946 - 02/27/1947
Joyner Jr., Algernon Sidney, CDR   02/27/1947 - 06/30/1947

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


USS MIAMI (CL 89) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. James Duff
Address: 9 Driftwood Lane, Berlin, MD 21811
Phone: 410-641-8010
E-mail:ejduff@aol.com

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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