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USS OAKLAND (CL/CLAA 95)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Bravo - Sierra - Mike

CLASS - Oakland
Displacement 6,000 Tons, Dimensions, 541' 0" (oa) x 53' 2" x 26' 6" (Max)
Armament 12 x 5"/38AA, 8 x 40mm, 16 x 20mm, 6 x 21" tt.
Armor, 3 3/4" Belt, 1 1/4" Turrets, 1 1/4" Deck, 2 1/2" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 75,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 32.5 Knots, Crew 650.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 15 JUL 1941 by the Bethlehem Steel Co., San Francisco, CA
Launched 23 OCT 1942
Commissioned 17 JUN 1943
Reclassified CLAA 95 18 MAR 1949
Decommissioned 01 JUL 1949
Stricken 1 MAR 1959
Fate: Sold for scrap to Louis Simons on 01 DEC 1959

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Oakland 25k (Poor Image) As built. USN
Oakland 98k Starboard side view, as completed. USN
Oakland 87k July, 1945 photo clearly showing squared bridge and absence of wing 5"/38 turrets of this class. USN
Oakland 113k Port side view, underway, WWII era. Mike Brock
Oakland 75k

USS Oakland (CL 95) Off San Francisco, California, 2 August 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98428.

USNHC
Oakland 72k

USS Oakland (CL 95) Off San Francisco, California, 2 August 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98429.

USNHC
Oakland 90k

USS Oakland (CL 95) In San Francisco Bay, California, with the San Francisco waterfront in the background, 2 August 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98442.

USNHC
Oakland
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905k

Excellent overhead photo of USS Oakland (CL 95), dated 3 August 1943.

Photo notes say it was taken from an altitude of 700 feet with an 8.25 lens, filter minus blue.

USN BuAer photo

David Buell
Oakland 148k

USS Oakland (CL 95) Plan view, forward, taken from a pierside crane at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, on 27 October 1943. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship. USS St. Louis (CL 49) is in the background, with YHB 21 (ex-SS Tamalpais) partially visible beyond. Note Sailors sleeping on Oakland's bow 20mm gun position.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98445.

USNHC
Oakland 146k

USS Oakland (CL 95) Plan view, amidships looking aft, taken from a pierside crane at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, on 27 October 1943. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship. Note the twin 40mm gun mount in the lower center of the view, with its associated director and single 20mm guns nearby. USS St. Louis (CL 49) is in the background.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98446.

USNHC
Oakland 162k

USS Oakland (CL 95) Plan view, amidships looking forward, taken from a pierside crane at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, on 27 October 1943. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship. USS St. Louis (CL 49) is in the left background.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98447.

USNHC
Oakland 165k

USS Oakland (CL 95) Plan view, aft, taken from a pierside crane at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, on 27 October 1943. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship. Note depth charge racks on this cruiser's stern. USS St. Louis (CL 49) is in the left background.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98448.

USNHC
Oakland 101k

USS Oakland (CL 95) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 29 October 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98443.

USNHC
Oakland 75k

USS Oakland (CL 95) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, with a harbor tug alongside, 29 October 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98444.

USNHC
Oakland 90k

Stern view of the USS Oakland (CL 95) departing Mare Island on 29 Oct 1943.

U.S. Navy Photo #7379-43.

Darryl Baker
Oakland 87k

Marshall Islands Raids, December 1943 - USS Oakland (CL 95), at right, and a destroyer firing on Japanese planes attacking Task Force 50 near the Marshall Islands, 4 December 1943. Two of the planes are visible, one in the photo's center and the other near the top. Photographed from USS Minneapolis (CA 36).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-216804.

National Archives
Oakland 83k

USS Enterprise (CV 6), at left, Under attack by a Japanese suicide plane, during operations off Okinawa on 11 April 1945. She was hit and damaged on this day, but returned to action in early May following repairs made at Ulithi. At right is USS Oakland (CL 95), which is opening fire on the diving plane. Note tracer shells streaking across the upper part of the image.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-315762.

National Archives
Oakland 95k

USS Oakland (CL 95) Underway in Leyte Gulf, Philippines, in July 1945. Photographed from USS Essex (CV 9).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-326050.

National Archives
Oakland 372k USS Oakland (CL 95) entering San Francisco Bay with the Golden Gate Bridge in the backround. The date of the photo is 20 OCT 1945 (first time back to the States after the war) and the USS Oakland docked at the Port of Oakland for Navy Day 1945. Mike Brock
Oakland 408k USS Oakland (CL 95) docking in Oakland, California, her name sake city, on 20 OCT 1945 returning home after World War Two. The three subs in the photo are (from left) - Unknown, USS Kraken (SS 370), and USS Stickleback (SS 415). Mike Brock
Oakland
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506k

Starboard quarter view while underway in Puget Sound, 24 April 1946.

Puget Sound Navy Yard Photo

David Buell

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Phillips, William Kearney, CAPT ADM 07/17/1943 - 08/08/1944
Reed, Kendall Sturtevant, CAPT RADM 08/08/1944 - 08/27/1945
Calvert, Allen Philip, CAPT RADM 08/27/1945 - 05/19/1946
Casey, Thomas Joseph, CAPT   05/19/1946 - 04/26/1947
Opie III, John Newton, CAPT RADM 04/26/1947 - 03/12/1948
Martin, Hugh Jack, CAPT RADM 03/12/1948 - 05/1949
Ellsworth Jr., Ernest Bradford, CAPT RADM 05/1949 - 07/01/1949

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


USS OAKLAND (CL/CLAA 95) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: James Van Riper
Address: P.O. Box 7045
Citrus Heights, CA 95621-7045
Phone: 916-721-0892
E-mail: p2forever@surewest.net
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Note About Contacts.

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Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.
USS Oakland CL/CLAA-95 Home Page By Paul Henriott.
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