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USS ROCHESTER (CA 124)

Image courtesy of Al Grazevich


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Tango - Echo - Zulu
Voice Call Sign: Titanic

CLASS - OREGON CITY
Displacement 13,700 Tons, Dimensions, 674' 11" (oa) x 70' 10" x 26' 6" (Max)
Armament 9 x 8"/55, 12 x 5"/38AA, 48 x 40mm, 24 x 20mm, 4 Aircraft
Armor, 6" Belt, 8" Turrets, 2 1/2" Deck, 6" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 120,000 SHP; G. E. Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 2000.
Keel laid on 29 MAY 1944 by the Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, MA
Launched 28 AUG 1945
Commissioned 20 DEC 1946
Decommissioned 15 AUG 1961
Stricken 01 OCT 1973
Fate: Sold for scrap to sold to Zidell Explorations, Portland, Oregon on 24 SEP 1974

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By And/Or Copyright
Rochester 65k Undated photo. USN
Rochester 160 Undated, Excellent overhead showing deck layout and details. USN
Rochester 30k Undated, seen here in the "broadside perspective" The single stack sets this class apart from the Baltimore's with just a glance. USN
Rochester 30k Undated. John San Marco
Rochester
0412417
73k

Port side view, date and location unknown.

U.S. Navy location.

David Buell
Rochester 85k December 19, 1946 image showing the ship as completed. She was commissioned the next day. USN
Rochester 97k

USS Rochester (CA 124) Photographed in Boston Harbor, Massachusetts, 19 December 1946, the day before her commissioning ceremonies.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 96882.

USNHC
Rochester 101k

USS Rochester (CA 124) Photograph dated 27 June 1950. However, radar antenna on foremast is of a type that was replaced prior to the ship's 1950 Western Pacific deployment, indicating that this view was taken during the later 1940s.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 96883.

USNHC
Rochester   USS Valley Forge (CV 45) (left) and USS Philippine Sea (CV 47) (center) at their anchorages at Sasebo, Japan, during Korean War resupply activities, 23 August 1950. The ship in the right distance is USS Rochester (CA 124).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives # 80-G-418734.

National Archives
Rochester
0412424
72k Starboard side forward, Yokosuka, Japan, late 1951. Don Garner
Rochester
0412425
78k Starboard side forward, Yokosuka, Japan, late 1951. Don Garner
Rochester
0412426
147k Starboard side forward, Yokosuka, Japan, late 1951. Don Garner
Rochester 99k

USS Rochester (CA 124) Photographed in 1951-53, prior to her May-September 1953 overhaul.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 96885.

USNHC
Rochester 31k February of 1952 at the naval base in Yokosuka, Japan. RM3 Don Garner
Rochester 106k

USS Rochester (CA 124) En route to the Shimonoseki Strait, Japan, after operations off the east coast of Korea. Probably taken during her December 1952 -- March 1953 Korean War combat tour.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 96884.

USNHC
Rochester 99k

USS Rochester (CA 124) Departing the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, 20 September 1953, following overhaul. She has been fitted with 3"/50 twin automatic gun mounts, replacing the 40mm guns she carried from 1946 to 1953. Tugs USS Dekaury (YTB-178) --at left-- and USS Awatobi (YTB-264) -- alongside her starboard side, forward-- are assisting her.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 84584.

USNHC
Toledo
0413318
208k An aerial view of Yokosuka sometime between 1954 and 1955. Ships pictured from front are: USS Princeton (CVS-37), USS Toledo (CA 133), USS Los Angeles (CA 135), USS Rochester (CA 124), and USS Helena (CA 75). This was about 1/4 of the active Cruisers for that period. BMCS Richard Miller USN (Ret.)
Rochester 130k

USS Rochester (CA 124) En route to Saigon, Vietnam, 17 February 1954.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 74136.

USNHC
Rochester
0412415
71k

Bow on view of USS Rochester (CA 124) arriving at Mare Island with the assistance of the tug USS Ossahinta (YTB 278) in September 1954 to assist in celebrating Mare Island's Centennial on 17-19 September 1954.

Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo #23881-12-54

Darryl Baker
Rochester
0412416
86k

Port bow view of USS Rochester (CA-124) arriving at Mare Island with the assistance of the tug USS Ossahinta (YTB 278) in September 1954 to assist in celebrating Mare Island's Centennial on 17-19 September 1954.

Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo #23886-12-54

Darryl Baker
Rochester 165k August 1956, moving into refueling station alongside the Fleet Oiler USS Kawishiwi (AO 146). Dale C. Haskin
Rochester
0412423
207k

Port side view while underway in June 1957, location unknown.

Credit is Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific Fleet.

U.S. Navy Photo

David Buell
Rochester
0412422
166k USS Rochester (CA 124) firing a gun salute as she enters San Francisco Bay. This photo was taken
from the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge. Photo credit is Associated Press.

Photo caption: "SAN FRANCISCO, June 13-A SALUTE FROM THE NAVY-Puffs of smoke drift in breeze from guns amidships on the heavy cruiser USS Rochester in 15-gun salute to ranking services officer in the San Francisco Bay area today as she passes through the Golden Gate and under the Golden Gate Bridge in prelude to first formal fleet review here since 1938. Other units of the U.S. Navy's First Fleet, about 44 ships in all, were scheduled to enter the Bay Area on a four day visit. Background upper left is Fort Baker. (AP Wirephoto)(tdi151127ekb)1957"
David Buell
Rochester
0412413
1683k

USS Rochester (CA 124) Underway in San Francisco Bay, California, at the time of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz' review of the First Fleet, 13 June 1957.

Photo taken by Allied Photographers of San Francisco.

Robert M. Cieri
Rochester
0412418
60k

USS Rochester (CA 124) South Pacific, approaching USS Virgo (AKA 20) for replenishment, 1957.

From the collection of LTjg. Bernard Schenck, USS Virgo 1957.

Marc Schenck
Rochester
0412419
56k

USS Rochester (CA 124) South Pacific, approaching USS Virgo (AKA 20) for replenishment, 1957.

From the collection of LTjg. Bernard Schenck, USS Virgo 1957.

Marc Schenck
Rochester
0412420
39k

USS Rochester (CA 124) South Pacific, alongside USS Virgo (AKA 20) with helos available for rescue, 1957.

From the collection of LTjg. Bernard Schenck, USS Virgo 1957.

Marc Schenck
Rochester
0412421
77k

USS Rochester (CA 124) South Pacific, hi-line transfer with USS Virgo (AKA 20), 1957.

From the collection of LTjg. Bernard Schenck, USS Virgo 1957.

Marc Schenck

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Guthrie, Harry Aloysius, CAPT RADM 12/20/1946 - 05/03/1947
Junker, Alexander Foster, CAPT   05/03/1947 - 02/24/1948
Crosby, Gordon Josiah, CAPT   02/24/1948 - 12/16/1948
Worthington, Joseph Muse, CAPT RADM 12/16/1948 - 12/21/1949
Duke, Irving Terrill, CAPT VADM 12/21/1949 - 03/29/1950
Woodyard, Edward Lender, CAPT RADM 03/29/1950 - 02/19/1951
Smith, Rodman Davis, CAPT   02/19/1951 - 01/28/1952
Chillingsworth Jr., Charles Frederick, CAPT   01/28/1952 - 09/26/1952
Phillips, Richard Helsden, CAPT RADM 09/29/1952 - 10/18/1953
Quinn, John, CAPT RADM 10/18/1953 - 02/04/1955
Wilbourne, William Wilkerson, CAPT   02/04/1955 - 01/10/1956
Gentry, Kenneth McLoud, CAPT   01/10/1956 - 11/05/1956
Webster, John Alden, CAPT   11/05/1956 - 01/10/1958
Coye Jr., John Starr, CAPT RADM 01/10/1958 - 01/02/1959
Ward, Robert Elwin McCraner, CAPT RADM 01/02/1959 - 10/01/1959
Hathaway, Amos Townsend, CAPT   10/01/1959 - 11/01/1960
Shepard, Richard Daniels, CAPT   11/01/1960 - 06/01/1961
Symonds, CAPT   06/01/1961 - 08/10/1961

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


USS ROCHESTER (CA 124) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Joe Hill Sr., Treasurer/Reunion Coordinator
Address: 4011 Ditty Road, Cookeville, TN 38506-2448
Phone: 931-432-4848
E-mail: NiteCrawl@twlakes.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 Rochester Association CA 124
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