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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Bravo - Romeo - Quebec

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
Ordered 09 SEP 1940
Keel laid on 23 DEC 1942 by the Bethlehem Steel Co., San Francisco, CA
Launched 03 SEP 1944
Commissioned 03 FEB 1945
Reclassified CLAA 98 18 MAR 1949
Decommissioned 11 JUN 1949
Stricken 1 JUN 1966 and used as Test Hulk
Fate: Sold for scrap on 24 FEB 1971 to NASSCO, Terminal Island, CA.
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - China Service Medal - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - World War II Occupation Medal w/JAPAN Clasp

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117k Tucson sliding down the ways during her launching. Dale Hargrave

Starboard bow view while moored in an unknown location, possibly San Francisco Navy Yard, soon after commissioning.

Pacific Battleship Center | National Museum of the Surface Navy at the Battleship IOWA
Dave Way
Historian / Artifact Collections
121k Starboard bow view while underway sometime during WWII. David Buell
Tucson 198k Port bow view while underway sometime during WWII. John Clark / Barbara Selski
Tucson 40k Leonard Lucas, Chief Petty Officer aboard Tucson at the end of WWII. From the collection of Leonard Lucas. Barbara Selski
Tucson 120k

USS Tucson (CL-98) Airing bedding while at anchor, circa 1945.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 50004.

Tucson 139k

USS Tucson (CL 98) Underway, circa the later 1940s.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98518.

1m USS Tucson (CLAA 98) berthed at Mare Island Naval Shipyard at the start of her inactivation. The inactivation ran from 16 February to 13 June 1949. The photo is dated 17 Feb 1949 and is from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum. Darryl Baker
508k Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA, 31 March 1963. From Left to Right:USS Atlanta (CA 104), USS Vicksburg (CL 86), USS Bremerton (CA 130), USS Worcester (CL 144), USS Roanoke (CL 145), USS Tucson (CLAA 98). Dennis Tyra
Tucson 68k

ex-USS Tucson (CLAA 98) Under tow off the coast of San Diego, California, 21 January 1967. The towing ship, USS Koka (ATA 185), is out of view to the right. Photographed by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class R.E. Duggan, of squadron VC-3. Note that Tucson's # 3 5"/38 twin gun mount has been removed.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98519.

Tucson 70k

ex-USS Tucson (CLAA 98) Being scrapped at the National Metal & Steel Company plant, Terminal Island, California, in 1971-1972. Courtesy of Charles H. Bogart, 1972.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 76579.


Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Ayrault, Arthur Delancy, CAPT   RADM 02/03/1945 - 11/1946
Abernethy, Elmer Paul, CAPT 1921B RADM 11/1946 - 07/30/1947
McLean, Donald Fitzroy, CAPT     07/30/1947 - 1948
Barchet, Stephen George, CAPT 1924 RADM 1948 - 06/11/1949

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

View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Paul Morin
Address: 3374 Golf Dr., San Jose, CA, 95127-1106
Phone: 408-258-1470
Fax: 408-258-9459
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.
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