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USS CHICAGO (CA 136 / CG 11)

Image courtesy of Al Grazevich


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Tango - Echo - foxtrot


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 at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA
Launched 20 AUG 1944
Commissioned 10 JAN 1945
Decommissioned 06 JUN 1947
Redesignated CG 11 01 NOV 1958
Commissioned 02 MAY 1964
Decommissioned 01 MAR 1980
Stricken 31 JAN 1984
Fate: Sold for scrap to Southwest Recycling, Inc., Terminal Island, CA on 09 DEC 1991

Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2)
Second Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2 )- China Service Medal American Campaign Medal
Third Row - Asiatic - Pacific Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal Navy Occupation Medal w/Aisa Clasp
Fourth Row - Navy Expedionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Fifth Row - Humanitarian Service Medal - Vietnam Campaign Medal (11) - Republic of Vietnam Service Medal


Click On Image For Full Size Image Size Image Description Contributed
By And/Or Copyright
CHICAGO As Heavy Gun Cruiser CA 136
(1945 - 1964)
Chicago
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150k Stern of the Chicago while under construction at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1944. Tommy Trampp
Chicago 869k 1945 image of USS Chicago, fully complemented with spotter planes. Photo caption reads:

USS CA136
Surface view, "Bow"
Navy Yard, Phila., Pa.
May 7, 1945
1136-45

Navy Photo 1136-45.
Darryl Baker
Chicago 257k Starboard bow photo taken at berth 15 at San Francisco Naval Shipyard as she appeared in Sep 1963 during her conversion. Photo and dates from the Commissioning Edition of the "DryDocker" of the San Francisco Naval Shipyard (Hunter Point) of 1 MAY 1964. Darryl Baker
Chicago 236k The USS Chicago (CA 136) is seen at San Francisco Naval Shipyard (Hunter Point) being prepared for her conversion to a guided missile cruiser. This conversion started 1 JUL 1959 and the Chicago was re-commissioned on 2 MAY 1964 at the same yard. Photo and dates from the Commissioning Edition of the "DryDocker" of the San Francisco Naval Shipyard (Hunter Point) of 1 MAY 1964. Darryl Baker
Chicago 286k One of USS Chicago's 8" barbettes is pulled off by a San Francisco Naval Shipyard crane during her conversion at the yard between 1 JUL 1959 and 2 MAY 1964. Photo and dates from the Commissioning Edition of the "DryDocker" of the San Francisco Naval Shipyard (Hunter Point) of 1 MAY 1964. Darryl Baker
Chicago 279k The USS Chicago is shown in dry dock at San Francisco Naval Shipyard. Her old superstructure has been removed during her conversion at the yard between 1 JUL 1959 and 2 MAY 1964. Photo and dates from the Commissioning Edition of the "DryDocker" of the San Francisco Naval Shipyard (Hunter Point) of 1 MAY 1964. Darryl Baker
Chicago 204k One of Chicago's out-moded 8" guns is pulled off by a San Francisco Naval Shipyard crane during her conversion at the yard between 1 JUL 1959 and 2 MAY 1964. Photo and dates from the Commissioning Edition of the "DryDocker" of the San Francisco Naval Shipyard (Hunter Point) of 1 MAY 1964. Darryl Baker
Chicago 254k Broadside view shows a Chicago mack (mast and stack = mack) lowered into place at San Francisco Naval Shipyard. Photo and dates from the Commissioning Edition of the "DryDocker" of the San Francisco Naval Shipyard (Hunter Point) of 1 MAY 1964. Darryl Baker
Chicago 102k Undergoing conversion at San Francisco Naval Shipyard (Hunter Point), (1959 - 1964) Closer to 61-62. USN
CHICAGO As Converted Into Guided Missile Cruiser CG 11
(1964 - 1976)
Chicago
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202k The ship's plaque. Robert M. Cieri
Chicago 204k The USS Chicago (CG 11) as she appeared on her re-commissioning on 2 MAY 1964 at San Francisco Naval Shipyard. Darryl Baker
Chicago 78k The USS Chicago (CG 11) as she appeared on her re-commissioning on 2 MAY 1964 at San Francisco Naval Shipyard. The Destroyer to the right is the USS Somers (DD 947). USN
Chicago 116k Undated, Underway. USN
Chicago 182k Undated, Underway, (Poor Quality) USN
Chicago 77k Underway, Anchor detail at work. USN
Chicago 450k USS Chicago entering Sydney Harbor, date unknown. Unknown
Chicago   USS Chicago (CG 11) and USS Hepburn (DE 1055), underway, date unknown. Unknown
Chicago
04011116
353k

Undated port bow view while underway.

U.S. Navy photo.

Robert M. Cieri
Chicago
04011117
347k

Undated port bow view while underway.

U.S. Navy photo.

Robert M. Cieri
Chicago
04011119
3.3m

Starboard bow aerial view, date and location unknown. Note the 2 5"/38 gun mounts mid-ships.

Naval Shipyard Hunters Point San Francisco, Historic Shipyard Photographic Collection 1904-1974 - NARA San Francisco.

Tracy White/ Robert Hurst
Chicago
04011120
62k (inboard) USS Chicago (CG 11) and (outboard) USS Oklahoma City (CG-5) Date and location unknown. Vince Venincasa
Chicago 65k San Diego, 5 FEB 1966. © Richard Leonhardt
Chicago 147k Moored alongside USS Oklahoma City (CLG 5) at North Island, 27 SEP 1967. USN
Chicago
04011121
103k Coming along side the USS Ashtabula (AO 51) off the coast of Vietnam in 1971. M. Jay Hatley
Chicago 59k USS Chicago fires a Tartar missile, during a MissileEx in the South China Sea in either 1978 or 1979. Robert Fane
Chicago 68k USS Chicago fires a Talos missile, during a MissileEx in the South China Sea in Feb 1978. © Bernie Lynch
Chicago 78k Port bow view, Western Pacific, 14 MAR 1978. USN Photo 1172569. USN
Chicago
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152k Starboard bow view from the roof of an adjcent building at the San Diego Municipal Pier sometine in 1978. Taken by PH2 John Driskill. John Driskill
Long Beach
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289k USS Chicago (CG 11) (left) and USS Long Beach (CGN-9) (right) late 1978 or early 1979 in San Diego. John Slaughter, Webmaster, USS Ranger History & Memorial Site
Chicago
04011122
138k

A marvelous portrait taken from the carrier HMAS Melbourne during Exercise KANGAROO II, Oct 10-28, 1979, which involved seven USN vessel and 20 RAN and New Zealand ships. USS Chicago (CG-11) joined on October 15 after memorial services were conducted in the vicinity of the Solomons for her predecessor USS Chicago (CA 29), and for HMAS Canberra [I] lost off Savo Island in August 1942. In the photo, Chicago is preparing to undertake replenishment at sea from HMAS Melbourne. What a sight alongside she would have been,

She proceeded to Sydney for a week immediately after KANGAROO II, and subsequently arrived back in San Diego via Subic Bay and Pearl Harbor on December 17 to begin preparations for her de-commissioning.

Photo, Nick Thorne on HMAS Melbourne

Fabio Pena
Chicago
04011124
105k Chicago arriving in Sydney harbor in November 1979 after participating in excercise KANGAROO II. Fabio Pena
Chicago
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170k

Chicago arriving in Sydney harbor in November 1979 after participating in excercise KANGAROO II.

Photo by John Mortimer

Fabio Pena
Chicago
04011123
147k Chicago departing Sydney harbor in November 1979. Fabio Pena
Chicago 546k USS Oklahoma City (CLG 5) (left) and USS Chicago (CG 11) (right), moored in Bremerton, WA, June 1984. Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Hartung, Richard Renwick, CAPT   10.01.1945
Crawford, George Clifford, CAPT RADM ~1946
Decommissioned   06/06/47 - 05/02/64
Dacey, John Elmer, CAPT RADM 05/02/64 - 04/14/65
Moore, Samuel Howard, CAPT RADM 04/14/65 - 07/25/66
Cox, Donald Vance, CAPT RADM 07/25/66 - 03/09/68
DeLargy, John Martin, CAPT RADM 03/09/68 - 09/19/69
Feaster, Joseph Eugene, CAPT   09/19/69 - 11/06/70
Counts, Stanley Thomas, CAPT RADM 11/06/70 - 06/26/71
McNamara, Thomas William, CAPT RADM 06/26/71 - 0717//73
Buck, John Addison, CAPT   07/17/73 - 08/29/75
Beck, John Louden, CAPT   08/29/75 - 09/12/77
Piotti Jr., Walter T., CAPT RADM 09/12/77 - 08/11/78
Lewis, Harold Stephen, CAPT   08/11/78 - 01/14/80
Trossbach, Ronald Charles, CDR   01/14/80 - 03/01/80

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


USS CHICAGO (CA 136 / CG 11) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
CA-29 - CA 136 - CG 11 - SSN-721

Contact Name: Mr. John McClurg
Address: 204 Monticello Dr., Chagrin Falls, OH, 44022-3134
Phone: 216-247-3804
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 Chicago Reunion Association

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