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USS LITTLE ROCK (CL 92/CLG 4/CG 4)

Image courtesy of Al Grazevich


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Bravo - Victor - Whiskey
Voice Call Sign: BodyGuard


Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski


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 6 March 1943 by Cramp Shipbuilding Co., Philadelphia, PA
Launched 27 AUG 1944
Commissioned 17 JUN 1945
Decommissioned 24 JUN 1949
Reclassified CLG 4 23 MAY 1957
Commissioned 3 JUN 1960
Reclassified CG 4 1 JUL 1975 Decommissioned 22 NOV 1976
Stricken 22 NOV 1976
Fate: Transfered to the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park
as a Museum ship on 1 JUN 1977

Patch image from Naval Historical Center


Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

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LITTLE ROCK As Light Gun Cruiser CL 92
(1945 - 1957)
Little Rock 123k Excellent detail shot of Little Rock in her gun cruiser configuration. Little Rock Assn.
Little Rock 130k Starboard side view while moored at Valpariso, Chile during 1945 or 46. From WT1c Sam Hacket. Gerald Dunham
Little Rock 65k

USS Little Rock (CL 92) In the Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts, circa 1946-1949. Courtesy of Captain Don Fink, 1983.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 94939.

USNHC
Little Rock
0409207
  Starboard side looking aft, 20 June 1947. Pieter Bakels
Little Rock
0409208
  Starboard side looking forward, 20 June 1947. Pieter Bakels
Little Rock 75k

USS Providence (CL 82); USS Little Rock (CL 92); and USS Portsmouth (CL 102) (listed left to right) At San Juan, Puerto Rico, 15 May 1948. Note the differing radar antenna rigs, and other details of these three Cleveland class light cruisers, each ten numbers apart in the cruiser hull number series.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-343434.

National Archives
Little Rock
0409206
181k USS Little Rock (CL 92) enterling Venice, Italy in 1948. Merle L. Fox
Little Rock 103k U.S. Sixth Task Fleet, Commanded by Vice Admiral Forrest P. Sherman. Sixth Task Fleet ships silhouetted by the evening sun, while anchored in Phaleron Bay off Piraeus, Greece, 17 October 1948. The ships are (from left to right):

USS Little Rock (CL 92);

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB 42);

USS Providence (CL 82); and

USS Albany (CA 123).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-706506.
National Archives
LITTLE ROCK As Converted Into Guided Missile Cruiser CLG 4/CG 4
(1960 - 1976)
Little Rock 148k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) At the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey, 19 December 1959, while completing conversion to a guided missile ship.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98972.

USNHC
Little Rock 160k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) View amidships on the port side, looking forward, taken at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey, 19 December 1959, while she was completing conversion to a guided missile ship. Note details of the ship's forward superstructure, smokestack, boat davit and stowage racks for inflatable life rafts.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98973.

USNHC
Little Rock 139k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) View looking forward along the port side, from off the after superstructure, 19 December 1959. Taken at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey, while she was completing conversion to a guided missile ship. Note SPG-49 guidance radars for Little Rock's "Talos" missile system (in lower right) and the very large diamond-shaped antenna for her SPS-2 height-finding search radar (atop the after superstructure).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98974.

USNHC
Little Rock
04010442
153k

Port bow aerial view while conducting her Preliminary Acceptance Trials in the Atlantic, during May 1960.

U.S. Navy Photo.

Robert M. Cieri
Little Rock 92k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) Rear Admiral Charles H. Lyman, USN, speaking during the ship's commissioning ceremonies, at the Philadelphia Naval Base, Pennsylvania, 3 June 1960. Note "Talos" guided missiles behind the speaker's platform.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98963.

USNHC
Little Rock
04010437
252k

Undated starboard bow view while at anchor. The crew appears to be at quarters.

U.S. Navy photo.

Robert M. Cieri
Little Rock 82k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) Underway on 13 October 1960. Photographed by PH1 Kinley.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH98948.

USNHC
Little Rock 138k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) Underway on 13 October 1960. Photographed by PH1 Kinley.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98949.

USNHC
Little Rock 79k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) "Talos" guided missiles on the ship's missile launcher, November 1960. Note the insignia on the launcher, depicting a missile hitting an airplane, SPG-49 missile guidance radars pointed in the same direction as the launcher, and the large diamond-shaped antenna for the ship's SPS-2 radar.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #KN-1120.

National Archives
Little Rock 138k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) Launches a "Talos" guided missile. The original photograph bears the rubber-stamped date 1 November 1960, but was accompanied by a press release describing missile firings in February 1961 and identifying the photographer as Seaman Virgil Sawyer.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98964.

USNHC
Little Rock 117k USS Little Rock (CLG 4) Underway at sea, with her crew paraded on deck, circa November 1960. The original caption released with this photograph on 8 November 1960 reads:

"USS Little Rock Returns to Philadelphia"
"The U.S.S. Little Rock (CLG 4) returns to Philadelphia Friday (Nov. 11) after a successful two-month training cruise in the Caribbean, the Navy announced today."
"The powerful TALOS missile ship and her 1100 man crew will arrive at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard about 2 p.m."
"Little Rock will be in the yard for a holiday leave period lasting nearly two months. In January the ship departs for Norfolk, Va., for Atlantic Fleet Exercises."

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98950.
USNHC
Little Rock 115k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) At the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Pennsylvania, in December 1960, probably while undergoing an inclining experiment. Note scaffolding around her masts.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98975.

USNHC
Little Rock 158k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) View amidships on the starboard side, taken the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Pennsylvania, in December 1960, probably while she was undergoing an inclining experiment. Note boat stowage and handling arrangements. Boats appear to include a motor whaleboat, two personnel boats and a utility boat.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98976.

USNHC
Little Rock 112k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) Steams off El Morro Fortress, on the northwest tip of San Juan, Puerto Rico, circa 1960. Note the old cannon in the fort, including five muzzle-loading types at left and a late-19th Century breech-loading rifle in the center.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98951.

USNHC
Little Rock 104k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) Underway at sea, while operating with a Second Fleet task force, 19 January 1961. Taken by PHC C.A. Berntsen, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98952.

USNHC
Little Rock 104k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) Fires a "Talos" guided missile, during exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, 4 May 1961. Taken by PH3 D.R. Botts, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98953.

USNHC/CAPT John C. Ruff USN (Ret.)
Little Rock 84k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) Fires a "Talos" guided missile while off San Juan, Puerto Rico, 16 November 1961. Taken by Seaman Lenhoff.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98954.

USNHC
Little Rock 84k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) Underway on 8 November 1962.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98958.

USNHC
Little Rock 168k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) View of the ship's after superstructure, from starboard, while she was undergoing an inclining experiment at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 11 January 1963. The large round antenna for her newly-installed SPS-30 radar is in the top center of the image. Ship in the background appears to be USS Diamond Head (AE 19).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98977.

USNHC
Springfield
04010732
306k Starboard quarter view of USS Little Rock (CLG 4) at anchor in Naples, Italy, 1965. Taken From USS Springfield (CLG 7). William C. Swisher
Little Rock 112k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) Underway at sea, circa 1965. This photograph, which was received by "All Hands" magazine on 9 June 1965, was accompanied by the following caption: "The guided missile cruiser USS Little Rock (CLG 4) will take over temporary duty as flagship for Commander Second Fleet Vice Admiral K.S. Masterson on June 19th."

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98955.

USNHC
Little Rock 88k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) At the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia, for a 32-week repair and overhaul period. The ship was relieved as flagship for Commander Second Fleet on 12 January 1966 and entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard on 17 January. The original photograph was received by "All Hands" magazine on 1 February 1966.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98959.

USNHC
Little Rock 141k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) View of the ship's forward superstructure, taken while she was undergoing an inclining experiment at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 28 September 1966.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98978.

USNHC
Little Rock 125k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) View of the ship's foredeck area, taken while she was undergoing an inclining experiment at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 28 September 1966. Note her twin 5"/38 gun mount and triple 6"/47 gun turret, with anchor-handling gear and a large NTDS antenna beyond.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98979.

USNHC
Little Rock 122k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) View amidships, from port, taken while the ship was undergoing an inclining experiment at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 28 September 1966. Note motor whaleboat suspended from the sliding davit, with a utility boat stowed immediately aft.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98980.

USNHC
Little Rock 137k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) View of the ship's after superstructure, from starboard, taken while the ship was undergoing an inclining experiment at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 28 September 1966. Note SPG-49 (at left & left center) and SPW-2 (at top center) guidance radars for her "Talos" missile system, and inflatable life rafts stowed around the deckhouse sides.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98981.

USNHC
Little Rock
04010453
673k

Flagship of the Sixth Fleet, the light guided missile cruiser USS Little Rock (CLG-4) steams slowly before dropping anchor off the coast of Gaeta, Italy in 1967. Photographer: O.J Fortin, PHC. From the collection of CDR Thomas B. Ray (USS Essex CV 9)

U.S. Navy photo #1120643

Chris Stanley
Little Rock
04010441
106k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) in port at dusk, circa 1967. The original photograph was received by "All Hands" magazine on 26 December 1967. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

USNHC Photo #NH 98960.

Robert Hurst
Little Rock 63k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) At anchor in the harbor at Gaeta, Italy, her home port as flagship of the Sixth Fleet, March 1967. Taken by PHC H.L. Wise, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98956.

USNHC
Little Rock 107k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) Leaving Naples Bay, Italy, on 31 July 1967, while serving as flagship of the Sixth Fleet. Taken by PH2 J.E. Higgins, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98957.

USNHC
Little Rock 143k

USS Little Rock (CLG-4) and the USS Springfield (CLG 7) refueling from the USS Chikaskia (AO 54) in the Mediterranean Sea, Southeast of Palma de Majorca, Spain in 1967.

From the collection of Clarence Wolfe.

EM2 Terry D. Gann USNR(R) Ret.
Little Rock
04010443
64k Little Rock, as seen from the Soviet cruiser "Mikhail Kutusov" in the Mediterranean Sea on 28 October1968. The Commannding Officer of Soviet cruiser, CAPT Nikolay K. Fedorov (final rank VADM) is in the foreground. Eugene Ivkin
Little Rock
04010444
37k Little Rock, as seen from the Soviet cruiser "Mikhail Kutusov" in the Mediterranean Sea on 28 October1968. Eugene Ivkin
Little Rock
04010452
476k Arriving at Genoa, Italy on 15 January 1970. Carlo Martinelli
Little Rock 110k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) Docked at Rota Naval Station, Spain, 27 August 1970.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #K-86514.

National Archives
Little Rock 135k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) Undergoing an inclining experiment at the Boston Naval Shipyard, Massachusetts, 28 March 1971.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98982.

USNHC
Little Rock
04010439
75k USS Little Rock (CLG 4) photographed circa 1972-1974, probably in northern European waters. Photograph was received from the ship in 1974.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 82583 .

Robert Hurst
Little Rock
04010438
124k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) underway in the Mediterranean Sea, 5 January 1972. Taken by PH1 Robert D. Fennell, USN. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

USNHC Photo #NH 98961

Robert Hurst
Little Rock
04010440
73k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) in the Mediterranean Sea, circa 1974. Photograph received from the ship, 1974. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

USNHC Photo #NH 83498-KN

Robert Hurst
Little Rock 69k

USS Little Rock (CLG 4) Fires her 6"/47 guns during exercises on the Salto di Guirra missile range, off Sardinia, 23 April 1975.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #K-108728.

National Archives
CV-60 Saratoga 109k

USS Little Rock (CG 4) steaming with USS Saratoga (CV 60) and other units of the U.S. Sixth Fleet, en route to an anchorage near Gaeta, Italy, on 16 March 1976. The ships are returning from a training exercise.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center # NH 98962.

USNHC
Little Rock 49k View aft from the bow where she is permanently moored at the Buffalo Naval and Servicemen's Park in Buffalo, NY. Sep 2002 Richard Leonhardt
Little Rock 58k Port bow view, permanently moored at the Buffalo Naval and Servicemen's Park in Buffalo, NY. Sep 2002 Richard Leonhardt
Little Rock
04010455
2.2m Looking forward from above the Bridge. Edward Mackiewicz
Little Rock
04010458
1.2m Looking forward, note the NTDS antenna on the Forecastle. Edward Mackiewicz
Little Rock
04010459
1.4m The forward portion of the ship. Edward Mackiewicz
Little Rock 55k Interior of a 6" turret, Sep 2002. Richard Leonhardt
Little Rock
04010456
1.6m Interior of a 6" turret Edward Mackiewicz
Little Rock
04010457
1.3m Interior of a 6" turret Edward Mackiewicz
Little Rock 143k The Little Rock at her new mooring, starboard side outboard of the USS The Sullivans at the Naval and Sevicemans Park in Buffalo, NY. EM2 Terry D. Gann USNR(R) Ret.
Little Rock
04010445
397k Hatch to enter the 6" Turret, taken in 2005. Steve Singlar
ETCS USNR (Ret)
Little Rock
04010446
224k 6" projectiles. Steve Singlar
ETCS USNR (Ret)
Little Rock
04010447
380k 6" Turret interior. Steve Singlar
ETCS USNR (Ret)
Little Rock
04010448
379k 6" Turret interior. Steve Singlar
ETCS USNR (Ret)
Little Rock
04010449
414k 6" Turret interior. Steve Singlar
ETCS USNR (Ret)
Little Rock
04010450
387k 6" Turret interior. Steve Singlar
ETCS USNR (Ret)
Little Rock
04010451
390k Business end of the 6" Turret. Steve Singlar
ETCS USNR (Ret)

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Miller, William Edward, CAPT CAPT 06/14/1945 - 07/07/1946
Smith-Hutton, Henri Harold, CAPT CAPT 07/07/1946 - 03/10/1947
Mee, Francis James, CAPT RADM 03/10/1947 - 01/04/1948
Wright Jr., William Dudley, CAPT RADM 01/04/1948 - 05/24/1948
Moran, Henry George, CAPT RADM 05/24/1948 - 07/01/1948
Craighill, Richard Starr, CDR RADM 07/01/1948 - 06/24/1949
Decommissioned CAPT 06/24/1949 - 06/03/1960
Phillips Jr., Jewett Orean, CAPT CAPT 06/03/1960 - 01/26/1961
Chenault, Frederic Archibald, CAPT CAPT 01/26/1961 - 02/07/1962
Payne, James Robert, CAPT CAPT 02/07/1962 - 08/26/1963
Bell Jr., Clarence Edwin, CAPT VADM 08/26/1963 - 09/26/1964
Middleton, Roderick Osgood, CAPT RADM 09/26/1964 - 09/27/1965
Dreyer, Oscar Frank (Big Red), CAPT CAPT 09/27/1965 - 04/11/1967
Mitchell, John Jenks, CAPT CAPT 04/11/1967 - 04/24/1968
Bennett, Walter Francis Vincent, CAPT CAPT 04/24/1968 - 11/15/1969
Little, Charles Eugene, CAPT CAPT 11/15/1969 - 06/11/1971
Nagler, Gordon Richard, CAPT VADM 06/1119/71 - 07/27/1972
Morris, Robert Elliott, CAPT CAPT 07/27/1972 - 07/24/1973
Cullins, Peter Kendall, CAPT RADM 07/24/1973 - 05/17/1975
Martin, William Raymond, CAPT CAPT 05/17/1975 - 10/20/1976
Siegel, Kent R., CDR CAPT 10/20/1976 - 11/22/1976

(List courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves - Photos courtesy of Bill Gonyo and Art Tilley)


USS LITTLE ROCK (CL 92/CLG 4/CG 4) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
CL 92 - CLG 4 - CG 4

Contact Name: Mr. Woody Donaldson
Address:
Phone:
E-mail: littlerocksol@verizon.net


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 Little Rock Association
Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park.

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