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USS MEMPHIS (CL 13)


     
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - India - Sierra - Sierra

CLASS - OMAHA
Displacement 7,050 Tons, Dimensions, 555' 6" (oa) x 55' 4" x 20' (Max)
Armament 12 x 6"/53, 2 x 3"/50AA, 10 x 21" tt.
Armor, 3" Belt, 1 1/2" Deck, 1 1/2 Conning Tower.
Machinery, 90,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 458.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 14 OCT 1920 at William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, PA
Launched on 17 APR 1924
Commissioned 04 FEB 1925
Decommissioned 17 DEC 1945
Stricken 08 JAN 1946
Fate: Sold for scrap 10 JAN 1947 to Patapsco Scrap Co., Bethlehem, PA for the amount of $67,228.

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal
Second Row - American Defense Service Medal w/"A" Clasp - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


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MEMPHIS
0401300
NR MEMPHIS OFFICIAL FIRST LADY IS MOST CHARMING MATRON
MRS. J. ROWLETT PAINE AND ELIZABETH ROWLETT PAINE.
Mrs. Paine and her lovely little daughter have been sharing honors with the mayor-elect ever since the announcement of his election, and well they might, for by the charm of their personality they won many votes for him, especially the tiny ruler of the household, whose sweet smile captivated everyone.....
ELIZABETH ROWLETT PAINE age 6, would sponsor the launching of the Memphis (CL 13) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard 4 February 1925.
Image and text provided by University of Tennessee.
Photo from The News Scimitar. (Memphis, Tenn.) 1907-1926, 08 November 1919, 4th EDITION, Image 5, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Memphis
0400546
NR NAVY'S NEW FAST SCOUT CRUISERS
The above picture shows the completed appearance of our new scout cruisers, the first of which, the Omaha (CL 4) was launched at Tacoma, Washington, in the middle of last month.
These ten scout cruisers will be named the Omaha, Milwaukee (CL 5), Cincinnati (CL 6), Raleigh (CL 7), Detroit (CL 8), Richmond (CL 9), Concord (CL 10), Trenton (CL 11), Marblehead (CL 12) & Memphis (CL 13) .
Image and text provided by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE.
Photo from The Alliance Herald. (Alliance, Box Butte County, Neb.) 1902-1922, 25 January 1921, Image 6, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Memphis 120k Undated, As built showing this class as completed. USN
Memphis 58k Starboard Bow view. From the collection of Gerald M. Charpentier of New Orleans, LA. Donated by his niece, Elaine C. Witty-Charpentier. Elaine C. Witty-Charpentier.
Omaha class
0401327
786k Mines on an Omaha class (CL 4-13) light cruiser taken while the ship was underway at sea, looking aft, showing the very wet conditions that were typical on these cruisers' after decks when they were operating in a seaway. Photographed circa 1923-1925, prior to the addition of a deckhouse just forward of the ships' after twin six-inch gun mount. Donation of Ronald W. Compton, from the collection of his grandfather, Chief Machinist's Mate William C. Carlson, USN. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
Photo NH-99637 courtesy of history.navy.mil
Omaha class
0401328
301k Mines on an Omaha class (CL 4-13) light cruiser seen from off the ship's starboard quarter, showing mines on their tracks fore and aft of the after six-inch gun mount. Donation of Ronald W. Compton, from the collection of his grandfather, Chief Machinist's Mate William C. Carlson, USN. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
Photo NH-99638 courtesy of history.navy.mil
Memphis
0401321
172k

USS Memphis (CL 13) off Melbourne, Australia during a 1925 fleet visit.

State Library Victoria, Photo #H91.325/415

Mike Green
Memphis
0401326
564k Vought UO-1 Floatplane of Memphis (CL 13) air unit, scouting fleet, being hoisted aboard, circa 1926. UO-1s structurally reinforced for catapult launching were designated UO-1C. Photo NH-61234 courtesy of history.navy.mil
Memphis
0401320
183k

USS Memphis saluting the German Fleet at Kiel, Germany, September 1926.

NARA, College Park, Maryland

Sean Hert
Memphis 93k

USS Memphis (CL 13) In drydock at Kiel, Germany, circa 1926-1927, while she was serving as flagship for Commander U.S. Naval Forces, Europe.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46206.

USNHC
Memphis 75k

USS Memphis (CL 13) arrives at the Washington Navy Yard, D.C., with Charles A. Lindbergh on board, upon his return from Europe to the United States after his pioneering trans-Atlantic flight, 11 June 1927. The stern of USS Mayflower (PY 1) is at right.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46210.

USNHC
Memphis 99k

Charles A. Lindbergh - Prepares to disembark from USS Memphis (CL 13) at the Washington Navy Yard, D.C., upon his return from Europe to the United States after his pioneering trans-Atlantic flight, 11 June 1927. Officer standing behind him, to right, is the ship's Commanding Officer, Captain Henry E. Lackey. Behind Capt. Lackey is Commander Eugene E. Wilson, of the Bureau of Aeronautics.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 48168.

USNHC
Memphis
0401308
916k USS Memphis (CL 13) on 11 April 1927. Source Collection: Bain News Service photograph collection
Library of Congress Control Number 2014695702
Photo loc.gov
Memphis
0401309
722 USS Memphis (CL 13) arrives at Navy Yard after it safely landed Lindy in Washington. Crate that shipped the Spirit of St. Louis is on deck, 11 June 1927. Photo 08_06_002549 courtesy of Leslie Jones collection from the digitalcommonwealth.org
Memphis
0401325
NR Entire Nation Celebrates Return of Aviator Who Conquered the Atlantic
A FIRST VIEW OF THE NATIONAL CAPITALíS CELEBRATION. Col. Lindbergh standing on the deck of the cruiser Memphis (CL 13) as the ship docked at the Washington Navy Yard yesterday morning. Photograph snapped just a few minutes before the famed aviator stepped ashore.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from Evening Star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 12 June 1927, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Raleigh
0400729
633k Raleigh (CL 7) (left) and Memphis (CL 13) at pier, Boston Navy Yard, June 1927. Photo 08_06_004902 courtesy of Leslie Jones collection from the digitalcommonwealth.org
Memphis
0401319
180k USS Memphis (CL 13) moored at an unknown location on 11 April 1927.

Library of Congress, Photo #LC-B2-3019-3

Mike Green
Memphis 185k Starboard bow view dated 1929. U.S. Navy photo. Stan Cochran
Memphis
0401305
1.66k Officers and crew USS Memphis (CL 13) , Washington Navy Yard, 26 October 1931. Photo UA 571.97 courtesy of history.navy.mil from the collection of CAPT Lowell W. Williams.
Memphis 157k

USS Memphis (CL 13) Catapults an O2U "Corsair" floatplane, during fleet maneuvers on 10 May 1933.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-455864.

National Archives
Memphis 85k

USS Memphis (CL 13) Underway off New York City during the Fleet Review, 31 May 1934.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

USN
Memphis 101k

USS Memphis (CL 13) In San Diego harbor, California, 10 January 1935. Photographed from USS Dobbin (AD 3). Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 64627.

USNHC
Memphis
0401303
NR Picturing Lindbergh's 10 Eventful Years Since Paris Flight Image and text provided by State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Photo from The Bismarck Tribune. [volume] (Bismarck, N.D.) 1916-current, 20 May 1937, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Trenton
0401127
627k

View of commemorative map of the cruise made from San Diego, U. S. A., to Australia, and back to San Diego, in late 1937 to early 1938. Cruise made by Trenton (CL 11), Memphis (CL 13) and Milwaukee (CL 5).

Photo NH-82488 courtesy of Oregon Army National Guard, Oregon Military Academy, 1975 via history.navy.mil
Milwaukee
0400545
NR ANOTHER LANGUAGE SPELLS FAREWELL at sea where planes dip low to say goodby to departing ships. When US cruisers Trenton (CL 11), (background) Memphis (CL 13) and Milwaukee (CL 5) (right) left Sydney, amphibians from Royal Australian navy dipped in farewell salute. Image and text provided by Alaska State Library Historical Collections.
Photo from The Alaska Daily Empire. [volume] (Juneau, Alaska) 1912-1926, 16 March 1938, Image 8, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Memphis
0401318
301k Port quarter view, circa 1939, location unknown. Jonathan Eno
Memphis
0401329
2.70k Crew of Memphis (CL 13) pose for a photo on deck, possibly taken in Puerto Rico.
Five black and white photographs donated from the collection of William Hollenback of the University of Pennsylvania. Shown are three images of the cruiser Memphis, with her crew manning the rails and posing on deck for formal crew photos, possibly taken at Puerto Rico. Autographed photo inscribed to Hollenback from Admiral Jonas Ingram. Photo of Hollenback and Ingram shaking hands on the deck of an unidentified ship.
University of Pennsylvania, University Archives and Records Center
Photo 2016.14 courtesy of history.navy.mil
Memphis 2.1m

USS Memphis (CL 13) View on deck, looking aft from the bow while the ship was underway in the South Atlantic, circa 1941-1942. Note 6"/53 guns in her forward turret and casemate mountings, 3"/50 anti-aircraft gun behind the turret, rangefinders and other fire control equipment on the foremast. The cylinders atop the turret provide compressed air and water to the guns. Crewmen are wearing the short "Whites" popular in the tropics.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-10535.

National Archives
Memphis 141k

USS Memphis (CL 13) A Curtiss SOC "Seagull" scout-observation aircraft hooks onto the recovery mat, in preparation for being hoisted on board, circa early 1942. Note flags marking the mat's front edges, and men watching from the whaleboat in the lower right.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-21927.

National Archives
Memphis 123k

USS Memphis (CL 13) A Curtiss SOC "Seagull" scout-observation aircraft is lowered onto the cruiser's starboard catapult, after recovery, circa early 1942. Note crewmen wearing tropical white uniforms, searchlights alongside smokestacks, 3"/50 anti-aircraft guns in front of the catapult and .50 caliber machine guns behind it.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-21925.

National Archives
Memphis
0401323
248k

An OS2U Kingfisher floatplane preparing for launch.

From the collection of PhoM1c Owen Nance.

Curt Nance
Memphis
0401324
177k

Moored somewhere in the Mediterranean, 19 August 1945.

From the collection of PhoM1c Owen Nance.

Curt Nance
Memphis
0401317
94k USS Memphis (CL 13) with unidentified RFA (Royal Fleet Auxiliary) tug alongside in Valletta Harbour, Malta, in October 1945 Robert Hurst

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Lackey, Henry Ellis, CAPT RADM 02/04/1925 -
Pope, Ralph Elto, CAPT   06/28/1927 - 06/29/1929
Meyers, George Julian, CAPT RADM 06/29/1929
Ogan, Joseph Vance, CAPT   05/20/1931
Pence, Harry Langley, CAPT   10/10/1932
Lassing, Walter Hamilton, CAPT   06/25/1934
London, John Jackson, CAPT   07/1934 - 07/1935
Kauffman, James Lawrence, CAPT VADM 06/01/1936
Reifsnider, Lawrence Fairfax, CAPT   01/02/1938 - 12/10/1938
Manahan, Stewart Allan, CAPT COMO 12/10/1938 - 05/10/1940
Parrish, Charles Jefferson, CAPT COMO 06/27/1940 - 12/15/1941
Braine Jr., Clinton Elgin, CAPT   12/15/1941 - 09/21/1942
McCown, Henry Young, CAPT   09/30/1942 - 08/16/1943
Hungerford, Ralph Waldo, CAPT   08/18/1943 - 08/05/1944
Grisham, Charles Frederick, CAPT   08/05/1944
Kneeland, Omer Archibald, CAPT   08/29/1945 - 12/17/1945

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


USS MEMPHIS (CL 13) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Donald Sharp
Address: None Listed
Phone: 800-334-2723
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.


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