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USS GALVESTON (CL 93/CLG 3)

Image courtesy of Al Grazevich


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Bravo - Uniform - Victor
Tactial Voice Radio Call Sign: Giant Killer


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
Launched 22 APR 1945 William Cramp & Sons Shipbuilding Co., Philadelphia, PA
Construction suspended 24 JUN 1946
Reclassified CLG 93 4 FEB 1956
Reclassified CLG 3 23 MAY 1957
Commissioned 28 MAY 1958
Decommissioned MAY 1970
Stricken on 21 DEC 1973
Fate: Sold for scrap to National Metal and Steel Corp. on 16 MAY 1975 for $828,291

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Galveston
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USS Galveston (CL 93) Ship's Sponsor, Mrs. Clark Wallace Thompson, prepares for the christening, at the Cramp shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 22 April 1945.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #NH 53808

Robert Hurst
Galveston
0409304
117k

USS Galveston (CL 93) Mrs. Clark Wallace Thompson christens the ship, during launching ceremonies at the Cramp shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 22 April 1945.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #NH 53809

Robert Hurst
Galveston
0409305
86k

USS Galveston (CL 93) going down the ways on 22 April 1945.

U.S. Navy photo

Robert Hurst
Galveston 127k

USS Galveston (CL 93) Is tugged from the Cramp shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 24 May 1946. The ship was laid up, not quite complete, in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, shortly afterwards.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives 80-G-370144.

National Archives
Galveston 99k

USS Galveston (CL 93) Is tugged from the Cramp shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 24 May 1946. The ship was laid up, not quite complete, in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, shortly afterwards.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. #NH 53807.

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GALVESTON As Converted Into Guided Missile Cruiser CLG 3
(1958 - 1973)
Galveston 45k May, 1958 photo showing the Galveston during her final fitting out at Philadelphia. Her masts and stern are difficult to see due to the cranes and derricks and the mothballed battleship USS South Dakota (BB 57) ahead and alongside. Robert Hurst
Galveston 63k USS Galveston (CLG 3) during the commissioning ceremonies on 28 May 1958. DSCM John C. Fort, USN (Ret.)
Galveston
04010346
613k Photo caption: USN 710158 5-28-58 Close-up of Talos missile installation aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Galveston (CAG-3). The Galveston will be the first of several cruisers to use the Talos missile with its Nuclear capability and will join the fleet this summer.  
Galveston
04010347
1.4m The business end of a Talos missile. The center portion is the actual warhead, an intregral part of the Ramjet engine which was the propulsion for the missile.  
Galveston 76k

USS Galveston (CLG 3) Underway at sea, 11 January 1959.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98838.

USNHC
Galveston 84k

USS Galveston (CLG 3) Launches a "Talos" guided missile on 24 February 1959, the first time the "Talos" was fired at sea. This photograph was released by the Department of Defense on 12 March 1959.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98846.

USNHC
Galveston 71k

USS Galveston (CLG 3) At sea, circa 1958-1961, while fitted with her original suite of radar antennas.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98844.

USNHC
Galveston 91k

USS Galveston (CLG 3) Underway at sea, circa early 1961. This photograph was an enclosure to a letter sent by the ship on 9 March 1961.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98839.

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Galveston 129k

"A 'Talos' missile roars off the fantail of the Guided Missile Cruiser USS Galveston (CLG 3) in the Caribbean Sea. The deadly 'Talos', which has been in the testing stages for the past three years, was again proven operational last month when the Galveston, the ship that first fired the missile in 1958, made history again by completing the longest range 'Talos' firing at sea." (Quoted from the original photo caption, released by the ship's Public Information Office on 17 March 1961.)

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98845.

USNHC
Galveston 129k

USS Galveston (CLG 3) At the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, 21 April 1962, probably while undergoing an inclining experiment.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98849.

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Galveston 129k

USS Galveston (CLG 3) At the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Pennsylvania, 21 April 1962, probably while undergoing an inclining experiment.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98850.

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Galveston 129k

USS Galveston (CLG 3) At the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Pennsylvania, 21 April 1962, probably while undergoing an inclining experiment.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98851.

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Galveston
04010348
84k

At anchor in 1963, location unknown.

Official U.S. Navy photograph.

Robert Hurst
Galveston 104k

USS Galveston (CLG 3) At sea in October 1963. Photographed by PH1 R.M. Moen, of USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63). USS Perkins (DD 877) is in the distance.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98840.

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Galveston 127k

USS Galveston (CLG 3) Steaming at sea, 24 August 1964.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98841.

USNHC
Galveston 212k

Nice portside view while underway, entering San Francisco Bay just after passing beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Mid 1960's.

USN Photo.

CDR Jack Dowd, USN (Ret.)
Galveston 129k

USS Galveston (CLG 3) View of the ship's foredeck, with anchor handling gear, taken while she was undergoing an inclining experiment at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, California, 25 January 1965.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98852.

USNHC
Galveston 129k

USS Galveston (CLG 3) View of the ship's guided missile guidance radars, taken while she was undergoing an inclining experiment at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, California, 25 January 1965.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98853.

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Galveston 129k

USS Galveston (CLG 3) View of the ship's launcher for "Talos" guided missiles, taken while she was undergoing an inclining experiment at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, California, 25 January 1965. Athwartship track in the forground is for shifting weights during the experiment.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98854.

USNHC
Galveston 129k

USS Galveston (CLG 3) View of the ship's afterdeck, taken while she was undergoing an inclining experiment at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, California, 25 January 1965. Athwartship track just aft of the "Talos" guided missile launcher is for shifting weights during the experiment.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98855.

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Galveston
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91k

San Francisco, CA, 30 April 1965 - Starboard bow aerial view while entering San Francisco Bay. From the collection of CDR Thomas B. Ray.

Photo taken by PH2 Ellison

Chris Stanley

Galveston

 

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USS Galveston (CLG 3) Fires her 6"/47 guns at maximum range, during shore bombardment operations off Vietnam, 1 August 1965. Photographed by D.B. Jackson.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #USN 1113593.

National Archive
Galveston
04010349
1m Another photo of Galveston firing her 6"/47 guns. Robert Hurst
Galveston 56k

USS Galveston (CLG 3) Fires her 6"/47 guns off the south coast of Vietnam, during a dusk bombardment, 7 August 1965. Photographed by PH2 A.L. Wright.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98847.

USNHC
Galveston 95k

USS Galveston (CLG 3) Blistered paint on the barrels of the ship's 6"/47 guns after firing over 440 rounds of ammunition at Viet Cong targets in the I Corps area of South Vietnam, 23 September 1965. A spotter reported 13 Viet Cong killed in action during this bombardment, 50 structures and five guns destroyed. "Beautiful naval gunfire support", he commented. Photographed by Commander J.I. Moore.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #USN 1113596.

National Archive
Galveston 49k San Diego Calif., February 5, 1966. USS Chicago (CG 11) on the right. Richard Leonhardt
Galveston 135k

USS Galveston (CLG 3) Underway in the Mediterranean Sea, 10 May 1967.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98842.

USNHC
Galveston
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96k

Valletta, Malta, 14 May 1967 - Port bow aerial view while anchored in the Bay of Grand Harbor. From the collection of CDR Thomas B. Ray.

Photo taken by AN Davenport

Chris Stanley
Galveston 84k Valletta, Malta, June 1967. Richard Leonhardt
Galveston 133k Valletta, Malta, June 1967. Richard Leonhardt
Galveston 126k Valletta, Malta, June 1967. Richard Leonhardt
Galveston 111k Valletta, Malta, June 1967. Richard Leonhardt
Galveston 109k Valletta, Malta, June 1967. Richard Leonhardt
Galveston 105k Valletta, Malta, June 1967. Richard Leonhardt
Galveston 116k Valletta, Malta, June 1967. Richard Leonhardt
Galveston 122k Valletta, Malta, June 1967. Richard Leonhardt
Galveston 67k Mediterranean Sea, July 1967. Richard Leonhardt
Galveston 98k Mediterranean Sea, July 1967. Richard Leonhardt
Galveston 78k

USS Galveston (CLG 3) Underway at sea, circa 1967. This photograph was received by the Naval Photographic Center in June 1967.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. #NH 98843.

USNHC
Galveston 129k

USS Galveston (CLG 3) View of the ship's forward superstructure, 5"/38 gun mounts and # 2 6"/47 gun turret, taken while she was undergoing an inclining experiment at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, California, 17 May 1968.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98856.

USNHC
Galveston 129k

USS Galveston (CLG 3) View of the ship's forward superstructure and port side 5"/38 gun mount, taken while she was undergoing an inclining experiment at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, California, 17 May 1968.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98857.

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Galveston 129k

USS Galveston (CLG 3) View of the ship's midships area, taken while she was undergoing an inclining experiment at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, California, 17 May 1968.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98858.

USNHC
Galveston 129k

USS Galveston (CLG 3) View of the ship's after superstructure, showing underway replenishment gear, SPS-30 radar antenna and guidance radars for "Talos" guided missiles, taken while she was undergoing an inclining experiment at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, California, 17 May 1968.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98859.

USNHC
Galveston 129k

USS Galveston (CLG 3) View of the ship's afterdeck, showing launcher for "Talos" guided missiles, helicopter landing pad, and radio antennas, taken while she was undergoing an inclining experiment at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, California, 17 May 1968. Athwartship track just forward of the missile launcher is for shifting weights during the experiment.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98860.

USNHC
Galveston 247k Port bow view, pierside at Barcelona, Spain, in May 1969, one year prior to decommissioning. Even if you couldn't see her missile system nor hull number, you could easily tell her from the other CLGs because of her gun armament and location of her 3-D radar antenna. Fabio Peņa
Galveston 148k Port quarter view, pierside at Barcelona, Spain, in May 1969, one year prior to decommissioning Fabio Peņa

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Colwell, John Barr, CAPT VADM 05/28/58 - 11/18/58
Scott, David Darwin, CAPT   11/18/58 - 02/11/60
Slack, Leslie Martin, CAPT   02/11/60 - 02/04/61
Cotten, John Henderson, CAPT   02/04/61 - 04/11/62
Joyce, Gerald Patrick (Gerry), CAPT   04/11/62 - 06/01/63
Rudden Jr., Thomas Joseph, CAPT RADM 06/01/63 - 06/19/64
Young, Lloyd Verne, CAPT   06/19/64 - 07/20/65
Goodfellow Jr., Alexander Scott, CAPT RADM 07/20/65 - 12/02/65
Adamson Jr., Robert Edward, CAPT VADM 12/02/65 - 01/28/67
Sappington, Merrill Homer, CAPT VADM 01/28/67 - 03/22/68
Pettitt, Robert Buel, CAPT   03/22/68 - 05/17/69
Montgomery, James Ward, CAPT ADM 05/17/69 - 05/25/70

(Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves - Updated by Bob Rank, Webmaster of the USS Galveston Shipmates Association website )


USS GALVESTON (CL 93/CLG 3) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Thomas (Soupy) Campbell
Address: 310 Monroe Ave , Beverly, NJ 08010-1822
Phone: 1-866-398-2655
E-mail: Galveston@comcast.net
Date: September 26-30, 2012
Location: Colorado Springs, CO


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 Galveston Shipmates Association
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