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USS LOS ANGELES (CA 135)

Image courtesy of Al Grazevich


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Tango - Mike - Golf
Voice Call Sign: Rough Rider


Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

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 28 JUL 1943 by the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pa
Launched 20 AUG 1944
Commissioned 22 JUL 1945
Decommissioned 09 APR 1948
Recommissioned 27 JAN 1951
Decommissioned 15 NOV 1963
Stricken 01 JAN 1974
Fate: Sold for scrap to Terminal Island's National Metal and Steel Corp. on 16 MAY 1975 for $1,036,089


Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (2) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal - Occupation Germany/Japan Medal
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (6) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3)
Fourth Row - Korean Presidential Unit Citation - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea Campaign Medal


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Los Angeles
0413521
286k

USS Los Angeles (CA 135) commissioning ceremony, 22 July 1945.

Associated Press wirephoto

David Buell
Los Angeles 103k As completed, Undated. USN
Los Angeles
0413519
291k Starboard side view while underway, date and location unknown. Note the Regulus configuration on the fantail. This places the photo in the timeframe of late 1954 to decom. David Buell
Los Angeles
0413541
186k Port side view while moored at Long Beach Naval Shipyard, date unknown. Ron Reeves
Los Angeles
0413556
502k USN photo taken on Navy Day, 27 October 1945, right after the end of WWII, Location is Berths 177-178, San Pedro Docks, Los Angeles Harbor. Note the civilians touring the decks. The aircraft loaded on the port catapult is a Curtiss SC-1, one of four assigned to the Los Angeles from Squadron V, Cruiser Squadron 21. Aircraft identification by William "Bill" Larkins. Jim Geldert, USNI
Los Angeles 89k

USS Los Angeles (CA 135) "The first phase of reactivation work began today (Tuesday, December 5) aboard the heavy cruiser USS Los Angeles (CA 135) at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard. Today, Yard workmen removed the ship's gun covers and prepared for all-out reactivation. When the ship is re-commissioned, probably during mid-January 1951, special ceremonies will be held and it is hoped by local Navy officials that the Honorable Fletcher Bowrow, Mayor of Los Angeles, will be present." Text quoted from the original photo caption, which was released on 5 December 1950. The ship recommissioned on 27 January 1951, following reactivation work at Hunter's Point, San Francisco, California, where this photograph was taken.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97390.

USNHC
Los Angeles 136k

USS Los Angeles (CA 135) Photographed 21 March 1951 by PH1c Cooper. Collection of Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 93207.

USNHC
Los Angeles 88k

USS Los Angeles (CA 135) Fires a 5"/38 gun during a bombardment of Wonsan harbor, Korea, circa mid-1951. Note smoke ring, a feature frequently seen when firing 5"/38 guns. Some of the cruiser's 40mm guns are in the foreground.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97393.

USNHC
Los Angeles 53k

USS Los Angeles (CA 135) Fires her forward 8-inch guns during a night bombardment of the North Korean coast. Photograph is dated 8 June 1951.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-437667.

Scott Dyben/National Archives
Los Angeles 122k

USS Los Angeles (CA 135) Operating off Korea with Task Force 77, August 1951.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97387.

USNHC
Los Angeles
0413542
127k

Looking forward: port quad 40mm mounts, 1951. From the N.A. "Stretch" Brown collection.

Photo by N.A. "Stretch" Brown, Gunners Mate 3rd Class aboard Los Angeles.

Carol Edgemon Hipperson
Los Angeles
0413543
144k

Looking aft: mount 56 & turret 3, 1951. From the N.A. "Stretch" Brown collection.

Photo by N.A. "Stretch" Brown, Gunners Mate 3rd Class aboard Los Angeles.

Carol Edgemon Hipperson
Los Angeles
0413545
134k

Officers' boat, Yokosuka, September 1951. From the N.A. "Stretch" Brown collection.

Photo by N.A. "Stretch" Brown, Gunners Mate 3rd Class aboard Los Angeles.

Carol Edgemon Hipperson
Los Angeles
0413546
122k

Gunners Mates, Yokosuka, September 1951.

Back, l-r: Riffin, Squires, Chief Koehler, Holland, Young; Front, l-r: Link, Basinett

Photo by N.A. "Stretch" Brown, Gunners Mate 3rd Class aboard Los Angeles.

Carol Edgemon Hipperson
Los Angeles
0413547
113k

Captain's Gig and Gunners Mates, September 1951. From the N.A. "Stretch" Brown collection.

L-R: Young, Taylor, Link, Squires, Basinett, Holland

Photo by N.A. "Stretch" Brown, Gunners Mate 3rd Class aboard Los Angeles.

Carol Edgemon Hipperson
Los Angeles
0413548
100k

Chief Kohler and Gunners Mates, l-r: Squires, Basinett, Holland, Yokosuka, September 1951. From the N.A. "Stretch" Brown collection.

Photo by N.A. "Stretch" Brown, Gunners Mate 3rd Class aboard Los Angeles.

Carol Edgemon Hipperson
Los Angeles
0413550
102k

Helicopter landing on fantail, Korea, 1951. From the N.A. "Stretch" Brown collection.

Photo by N.A. "Stretch" Brown, Gunners Mate 3rd Class aboard Los Angeles.

Carol Edgemon Hipperson
Los Angeles 94k

USS Los Angeles (CA 135) Firing her forward 8-inch guns on enemy targets at Wonsan, North Korea. Photograph is dated 15 October 1951. Note ship's hull number ("135") painted atop turret # 2.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-434530.

Scott Dyben/National Archives
Los Angeles
0413544
108k

Yokosuka, October 1951. From the N.A. "Stretch" Brown collection.

Photo by N.A. "Stretch" Brown, Gunners Mate 3rd Class aboard Los Angeles.

Carol Edgemon Hipperson
Los Angeles
023139
151k

USS Los Angeles (CA 135) and USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) moored at Yokosuka, Japan, October 1951.

Photo by N.A. "Stretch" Brown, Gunners Mate 3rd Class aboard Los Angeles.

Carol Edgemon Hipperson
Los Angeles
0413549
684k

6th division, Yokosuka, Japan, November 1951. From the N.A. "Stretch" Brown collection.

Photo by N.A. "Stretch" Brown, Gunners Mate 3rd Class aboard Los Angeles.

Carol Edgemon Hipperson
Los Angeles
0413515
234k

Change of Command ceremonies aboard USS Los Angeles (CA 135) at Mare Island on 9 January 1952.

U.S. Navy Photo #11517-1-52

Darryl Baker
Los Angeles
0413555
995k

Capt. Benjamin F. Tompkins left assumes command of the USS Los Angeles at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Capt. Tompkins succeeded Capt. R. N. McFarlane. Seated at the ceremonies are left to right Capt. McFarlane; RADM B. E. Manseau (Shipyard Commander); RADM Leon S. Fiske (Mare Island Area Commander), Capt. Alexander McDill (CO USS Juneau); Judy Kinney (niece of Capt. Tompkins); Mrs. Tompkins and Karen Kinney; Judy's twin sister. Seated immediately in the rear of Mrs. Tompkins is Mrs. W. A. Kinney, mother of the nine year old twins.

Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.

Darryl Baker
Los Angeles
0413514
186k

USS Los Angeles (CA 135) berthed at Mare Island on 5 January 1952. She was under repair at the yard from 3 January to 28 April 1952.

U.S. Navy Photo #11454-1-52

Darryl Baker
Los Angeles
0413551
1.8m USS Los Angeles (CA 135) at the south end of the Mare Island conducting steaming test on 10 April 1952. Darryl Baker
Los Angeles 94k

USS Los Angeles (CA 135) "Returns to the Korean theater for its second tour of combat duty with UN Naval Forces". Text quoted from the original picture caption, released by Commander Naval Forces Far East under date of 13 October 1952. Note that the ship's Jack and National Ensign are flying at half-mast.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97386.

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.)
Los Angeles
0413552
1m

USS Los Angeles (CA 135) at Mare Island 20 July 1954.

Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.

Darryl Baker
Los Angeles 65k Port side view from above, 1955. Richard Leonhardt
Los Angeles
0413553
949k

Bow view of USS Los Angeles (CA 135) at Mare Island 5 March 1957.

Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.

Darryl Baker
Los Angeles
0413516
232k

USS Los Angeles enters dry dock #2 at Mare Island on 22 March 1957. She was under repair at the yard from 3 March to 25 June 1957.

U.S. Navy Photo #33578-3-57

Darryl Baker
Los Angeles
0413517
304k

The dry dock caisson is being reposition after USS Los Angeles entered dry dock #2 at Mare Island on 22 March 1957.

U.S. Navy Photo #33580-3-57

Darryl Baker
Los Angeles
0413518
268k

Change of Command ceremonies aboard USS Los Angeles (CA 135) at Mare Island on 3May 1957.

U.S. Navy Photo #34192-5-57

Darryl Baker
Los Angeles
0413554
966k

View of the change of command of USS Los Angeles (CA 135) on 3 May 1957 at Mare Island.

Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.

Darryl Baker
Los Angeles
0413513
1469k

Starboard bow view while entering San Francisco Bay, 11 June 1957.

Photo taken by Allied Photographers of San Francisco.

Robert M. Cieri/
Darryl Baker
Los Angeles 94k

USS Los Angeles (CA 135) "West Coast Cruisers Capable of Nuclear Assault -- A Regulus I boils white smoke from booster charges as it roars away from its launcher aboard the heavy cruiser USS Los Angeles off San Diego. The launch, a routine evaluation 'shoot', was conducted during the time that 600 members of the Institute of Aeronautical Science were embarked aboard the attack carrier USS Ticonderoga (CVA 14), right. The demonstration, which included a 'Terrier' guided missile interception of the Regulus, power exhibition, carrier operations, and a HUK exercise, was highlighted by the Regulus launching. The Terrier was fired at the Regulus from the USS Norton Sound (AVM 1), background, on August 7." Text quoted from the original photo caption, which was released by Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, on 9 August 1957.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97391.

USNHC
Los Angeles 97k

USS Los Angeles (CA 135) "Officers and men of USS Los Angeles honor U.S. dead at Midway" (quoted from the original photo's caption). Photo was presumably taken off the Midway Islands. The original print bears a stamped date of 27 April 1959.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97388.

USNHC
Los Angeles 31k Nice stern view of the Captain's Gig. You can see the ship's patch on the engine cover. Jerry Guerich
Los Angeles
0413520
22k USS Los Angeles (CA 135) at anchor at San Francisco, 3 March 1961. This photograph was provided by the Navy to the San Franscisco Call Bulletin newspaper. Robert Hurst
Los Angeles
04135p01
567k A painting of USS Los Angeles (CA 135) at anchor at twilight in Hong Kong Harbor 1962. The title of the piece is "China Moon" by artist Wayne Scarpaci. Wayne Scarpaci
Los Angeles
0413522
98k

Port bow view while being scrapped. Note the superstructure has already been removed and teh barrels of the two forward turrets cut short prior to removal.

U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: David L. Martineau Papers

Special Collections, Joyner Library, East Carolina University
Los Angeles
0413523
175k

What's left of one of the 8"/55 rapid-fire guns after being removed from the turret. Note the breech is open.

U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: David L. Martineau Papers

Special Collections, Joyner Library, East Carolina University
Los Angeles
0413524
173k

The stern of the Ex-Los Angeles. The main deck has already been removed.

U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: David L. Martineau Papers

Special Collections, Joyner Library, East Carolina University
Los Angeles
0413525
159k

Looking aft with the main deck removed. Note the barbette for turret number 3 in the center of the picture.

U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: David L. Martineau Papers

Special Collections, Joyner Library, East Carolina University
Los Angeles
0413526
185k

Looking aft from port side midships. The remains of the after stack are on the left edge of the photo.

U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: David L. Martineau Papers

Special Collections, Joyner Library, East Carolina University
Los Angeles
0413527
172k

Looking forward from the area of where turret number 3 was.

U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: David L. Martineau Papers

Special Collections, Joyner Library, East Carolina University
Los Angeles
0413528
119k

Looking forward from the port side of turret number 2.

U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: David L. Martineau Papers

Special Collections, Joyner Library, East Carolina University
Los Angeles
0413529
105k

Starboard bow view.

U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: David L. Martineau Papers

Special Collections, Joyner Library, East Carolina University
Los Angeles
0413530
172k

The hull, cut almost down to the waterline in the distance.

U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: David L. Martineau Papers

Special Collections, Joyner Library, East Carolina University
Los Angeles
0413531
140k

Looking forward from the starboard signal bridge.

U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: David L. Martineau Papers

Special Collections, Joyner Library, East Carolina University
Los Angeles
0413532
212k

The interior compartments as the decks are cut away.

U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: David L. Martineau Papers

Special Collections, Joyner Library, East Carolina University
Los Angeles
0413534
175k

Miscellaneous machinery.

U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: David L. Martineau Papers

Special Collections, Joyner Library, East Carolina University
Los Angeles
0413535
120k

The hull with most of the bow removed.

U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: David L. Martineau Papers

Special Collections, Joyner Library, East Carolina University
Los Angeles
0413536
155k

The hull with most of the bow removed.

U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: David L. Martineau Papers

Special Collections, Joyner Library, East Carolina University
Los Angeles
0413537
147k

The hull with most of the bow removed.

U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: David L. Martineau Papers

Special Collections, Joyner Library, East Carolina University
Los Angeles
0413539
170kk

The hull with most of the bow removed.

U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: David L. Martineau Papers

Special Collections, Joyner Library, East Carolina University
Los Angeles
0413533
170k

The bow of the ex-Los Angeses, removed.

U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: David L. Martineau Papers

Special Collections, Joyner Library, East Carolina University
Los Angeles
0413540
131k

The bow of the ex-Los Angeses, removed.

U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: David L. Martineau Papers

Special Collections, Joyner Library, East Carolina University
Los Angeles
0413538
136k

The bow of the ex-Los Angeses, removed.

U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: David L. Martineau Papers

Special Collections, Joyner Library, East Carolina University

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Snackenberg, John A., CAPT RADM 07/22/45 - 01/31/46
Carter, James B., CAPT   01/31/46 - 10/01/46
Voegeli, Clarence A., CAPT   10/01/46 - 07/31/47
Solomons, Edward Alva, CAPT RADM 07/31/47 - 04/01/48
Wilbur, Donald T., CAPT   04/01/48 - 04/09/48
Decommissioned   04/09/48 - 01/27/51
McFarlane, Robert N., CAPT   01/27/51 - 01/10/52
Tompkins, Benjamin F., CAPT RADM 01/10/52 - 08/30/52
Daspit, Lawrence Randall, CAPT RADM 08/30/52 - 07/22/53
Outerbridge, William W., CAPT   07/22/53 - 01/07/55
Waterhouse, Jacob Wilson, CAPT   01/07/55 - 03/02/56
Lucas Jr., Frederic Colby, CAPT   03/02/56 - 05/03/57
Payson Jr., Harold, CAPT   05/03/57 - 08/20/58
Martineau, David L., CAPT   08/20/58 - 07/09/59
Combs Jr., Walter Vincent, CAPT   07/09/59 - 07/16/60
Dornin, Robert Edson (Dreep), CAPT   07/16/60 - 07/15/61
Robinson, Hugh Marston, CAPT   07/15/61 - 08/04/62
Coward III, Asbury, CAPT   08/04/62 - 07/19/63
Klepak, Philip Harold, CDR   07/09/63 - 11/15/63

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


USS LOS ANGELES (CA 135) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. George Bell
Address:
Phone:
E-mail: gwslbell1963@gmail.com


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 LOS ANGELES Web Site.

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