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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Echo - Lima

Displacement 6,000 Tons, Dimensions, 541' 6" (oa) x 53' 3" x 26' 6" (Max)
Armament 12 x 5"/38AA, 36 x 40mm, 12 x 20mm.
Armor, 3 3/4" Belt, 1 1/4" Turrets, 1 1/4" Deck, 2 1/2" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 75,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 32.7 Knots, Crew 675.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 12 FEB 1945 by the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, NJ
Launched 05 MAR 1946
Commissioned 27 NOV 1946
Reclassified CLAA 121 18 MAR 1949
Decommissioned 17 MAY 1949
Stricken APR 1965
Fate: Sold for scrap on 17 JUN 1966 to Lipsett Inc., NY, NY.

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - World War II Victory Medal - World War II Occupation Medal w/Europe Clasp

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Fresno 75k

USS Fresno (CL 121) Fitting out at the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company shipyard, Kearny, New Jersey, September 1946. Courtesy of the Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia. Ted Stone Collection.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 66794.

Fresno 164k Starboard side to, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, 10 March 1947. Tied alongside (from inboard) USS Gearing (DD 710), USS Gyatt (DD 712), USS Eugene A. Greene (DD 711). The ships were returning from Montevideo, Uruguay where they represented the United States for the Inauguration of President Thomas Berrata. (Additional information provided by S. Lukacinsky) Robert Norville
Fresno 83k

USS Fresno (CL 121) Moored off Portland, England, 14 August 1947. Courtesy of Rear Admiral Elliott Strauss, USN, 1956.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 54199.

Fresno 100k

USS Fresno (CL 121) At Dublin, Ireland, May 1948.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-K-9384.

National Archives
Fresno 106k

USS Fresno (CL 121) Moored in Alexandria Basin, Dublin, Ireland, during a "goodwill" visit, 1948. Photograph was released 4 May 1948. Fresno was then serving as flagship for Admiral Richard L. Conolly.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-705439.

National Archives
  Transiting the Kiel Canal, 1948. Ron Reeves
Fresno 13k Port side view about 1950. Joe Radigan, MACM, USN, Ret

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Strauss, Elliott Bowman, CAPT RADM 11/27/1946 - 12/1947
Michelet, William Giers, CAPT   12/1947 - 06/15/1948
Roenigk, John George, CDR   06/15/1948 - 05/17/1949

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

USS FRESNO (CL/CLAA 121) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.
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