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USS MACON (CA 132)

Image courtesy of Al Grazevich


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Echo - Charlie
Voice Call Sign: Sammy Davis

CLASS - BALTIMORE
Displacement 13,600 Tons, Dimensions, 673' 5" (oa) x 70' 10" x 26' 10" (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 1/2" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 120,000 SHP; G. E. Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 2000.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 14 JUN 1943 by the New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ
Launched 15 OCT 1944
Commissioned 26 AUG 1945
Decommissioned 12 APR 1950
Commissioned 16 OCT 1950
Decommissioned 10 MAR 1961
Stricken 1 NOV 1969
Fate Sold for scrap to Union Minerals and Alloys Corporation, New York City for $375,269.00 on 5 JUL 1973
Two Hundred tons of Armor Plate from the USS Macon have been put to use at the Fermi National Accelerator Labratory.
(Thanks to Mark Janowski for this information)

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Macon
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135k Photo caption "CAMDEN, N.J., OCT 15 - USS MACON LAUNCHED - 13,000-ton heavy cruiser, third since July, slides down ways at New York Shipbuilding Corp. yards here today. The cruiser is the second naval craft to be named for the Georgia City, first being the dirigible Macon, which crashed into sea off California in February 1935, while operating with the Pacific fleet. (AP Wirephoto)" Tommy Trampp
Macon
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527k

Port side view of stern while fitting out at New York Shipbuilding, 02 July 1945. Note the Cruiser under construction in the background. This is either the Fargo (CL 106) or Huntington (CL 107).

New York Shipbuilding Photo.

David Buell
Macon 126k Undated, as completed. USN
Macon 101k Starboard bow view at anchor. WWII era image. Jerry Mason
Macon
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860k Starboard bow view, data and location unknown. Charles Lamm
Macon
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778k Aerial view of USS Macon (CA 132) while underway on 25 July 1948. Note the raised helicopter platform aft and the Sikorsky HO3S helicopter. Also notice the empty 3"/50 gun tubs. U.S. Navy
Macon 78k Starboard bow view. Taken from the USS Robert K. Huntington (DD 781) while in the Med - 1951 or 1952. Carmen J. Costa
Macon 108k Alongside the USS Robert K. Huntington (DD 781) transfering what appears to be a strecher while in the Med - 1951 or 1952.. Carmen J. Costa
Macon 101k Starboard quarter view. Taken from the USS Robert K. Huntington (DD 781) while in the Med - 1951 or 1952. Carmen J. Costa
Macon
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54k Med-moored, Genoa, Italy, 10 October 1956 Carlo Martinelli
Macon
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379k Welcome aboard booklet, circa 1959. Robert M. Cieri
Macon
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328k Welcome aboard booklet, circa 1959. Robert M. Cieri
Macon
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346k Welcome aboard booklet, circa 1959. Robert M. Cieri
Macon
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593k Welcome aboard booklet, circa 1959. Robert M. Cieri
Macon
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604k Welcome aboard booklet, circa 1959. Robert M. Cieri
Macon
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517k Welcome aboard booklet, circa 1959. Robert M. Cieri
Macon
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582k Welcome aboard booklet, circa 1959. Robert M. Cieri
Macon
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408k Welcome aboard booklet, circa 1959. Robert M. Cieri
Macon
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646k Welcome aboard booklet, circa 1959. Robert M. Cieri
Macon
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567k Welcome aboard booklet, circa 1959. Robert M. Cieri
Macon
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664k Welcome aboard booklet, circa 1959. Robert M. Cieri
Macon
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597k Welcome aboard booklet, circa 1959. Robert M. Cieri
Macon
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594k Welcome aboard booklet, circa 1959. Robert M. Cieri
Macon
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580k Welcome aboard booklet, circa 1959. Robert M. Cieri
Macon
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444k Welcome aboard booklet, circa 1959. Robert M. Cieri
Macon
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585k Welcome aboard booklet, circa 1959. Robert M. Cieri
Macon
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301k Welcome aboard booklet, circa 1959. Robert M. Cieri
Macon
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116k Med-moored, Genoa, Italy, 08 February 1959 Carlo Martinelli
Macon
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Photo Caption:

"DUP-0701C2N-7/1-DETROIT:USS Macon , heavy cruiser, steams past the Detroit waterfront on her way to Chicago 6/30. She is the first armed American warship since the war of 1812 to cruise up the Detroit River. The "Macon" is one of the many vessles assigned to Operation Inland Sea that sailed past Detroit. 6/30. (DETROIT AND WINDSOR) UPI TELEPHOTO kar"

Tommy Trampp
Macon
0413232
159k Another photo of USS Macon steaming up the Detroit River on it's way to Chicago. This event was part of the celebration commemorating the completion of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Task Force 47 (TF 47), a 28-ship detachment of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet under the command of Rear Admiral Edmund B. Taylor, sailed up the Saint Lawrence River to participate in the official opening of the Seaway by Queen Elizabeth II of Canada and U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower on June 26, 1959. Thereafter, the ships visited ports throughout the Great Lakes, sometimes escorting Queen Elizabeth aboard HMY Britannia. Unknown
Macon 70k Seen here at Boston Naval Shipyard, September 1960. Richard Leonhardt
Macon
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246k Aerial view of Boston Navy Yard, looking Southwest, 1 April 1960. Photo taken by a helicopter from Naval Air Station South Weymouth. Ships and Craft present:
Location Ship (Hull No.) Ship Type
Pier 11 USS Wasp (CVS-18) Aircraft Carrier
Dry Dock 5 ARD-16 Floating Dry Dock
In ARD-16 YFND-23 Dry Dock Companion Craft
Pier 10 Empty  
Pier 9E USS Macon (CA-132)
YD-196
Heavy Cruiser
Floating Crane
Pier 9W USS Hugh Purvis (DD-709) Destroyer
Pier 8E USS Thor (ARC-4)
YPD-24
Cable Layer
Floating Pile Driver
Pier 7E USS Springfield (CLG-7) Guided Missile Light Cruiser
Pier 7W Empty  
Pier 6E USS Perry (DD-844) Destroyer
Pier 6W USS Mitscher (DL-2) Destroyer Leader
Pier 5E USS Albany (CG-10) Guided Missile Heavy Cruiser
Pier 5W USS Yosemite (AD-19) Destroyer Tender
Pier 4E Empty  
Pier 4W USS Skywatcher (AGR-3) Radar Picket Ship
U.S. Navy photo, Boston NHP Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10111)
Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA 02129
Oregon City
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275k Oregon City (left) and Macon (right) during the winter of 1972 or the very early spring of 1973 at the Philadelphia Naval ship yard. Jim Cunliffe
Oregon City
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302k Macon (left) and Oregon City (right) during the winter of 1972 or the very early spring of 1973 at the Philadelphia Naval ship yard. Jim Cunliffe

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Pare, Edward Everett, CAPT   08/26/1945 - 1945
Westcott, Maurice, CAPT   1945 - 1946
Robertson Jr., John Berry, CAPT   1946 - 1947
Hoke, Charles H., CAPT   1947 - 1948
Ragan, Thomas Cameron, CAPT VADM 04/1948 - 04/12/1950
Decommissioned   04/12/1950 - 10/16/1950
Long, Victor Dismukes, CAPT VADM 10/16/1950 - 09/01/1951
Winfrey, John Allen, CAPT   09/01/1951 - ?
Smith, Richard Wilder, CAPT   ?
Sharp Jr., Ulysses Simpson Grant (Olie), CAPT ADM 08/28/1953 - 08/1954
Aldrich, James Hunter, CAPT   1955 - 1956
Lowrance, Vernon Long (Rebel), CAPT VADM 1955 - 11/13/1956
Malpass, Ray Edward, CAPT RADM 11/13/1956 - 1957
Fortson, Thomas, CAPT   1957 - 10/29/1957
Hull, Harry, CAPT RADM 10/29/1957 10/10/1958
Holmberg, Lennart Gustaf, CAPT   10/10/1958 - 10/29/1959
Wylie Jr., Joseph Caldwell, CAPT RADM 10/29/1959 - 1960
Whitaker, Reuben Thornton, CAPT   1960 - 1960
Albrecht, Carl John, CAPT   1960 - 03/10/1961

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


USS MACON (CA 132) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Paul Sfreddo
Address: 69 Sinnot Rd Arundel, ME, 04046
Phone: 207-967-4980
E-mail: None


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 Macon Veteran's Association
USS Macon Photo Library By Larry Burbey.

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