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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Tango - Delta - Mike
Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Bristol

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
Authorized 09 JUL 1942
Keel laid on 12 APR 1943 by the New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ
Launched 13 AUG 1944
Commissioned 01 JUL 1945
Decommissioned 31 OCT 1947
Stricken 19 FEB 1971
Fate Sold for scrap on 28 AUG 1972
The bow of USS Fall River now graces the entrance to Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA.
Two Hundred tons of Armor Plate from USS Fall River have been put to use at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
(Thanks to Mark Janowski for this information)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - World War II Occupation Medal w/Asia Clasp - National Defense Service Medal

First Cruise Book of USS Fall River

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386k Starboard bow view, date and location unknown. Robert Hall
Fall River 117k Starboard bridge details are clear here in this photo taken on 22 June 1945. The ship is basically complete and is being inclined at New York Shipbuilding Corp. at Camden, New Jersey. USN
Fall River 105k Port side amidships view of the Fall River showing 5" and 40mm gun detail. Note the 5" case-catching nets, the sea replenishment tripods stowed against the 40mm gun platforms, and the boat davits, folded down amidships. USN
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  Commissioning program for the Fall River. Jim Juhl
Fall River 86k Port quarter view. The name on the hull amidships would indicate that this picture was taken on Navy Day, 27 October 1945 Jerry Mason
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USS Fall River (CA 131), at Pearl Harbor on 9 April 1946. One of the newest heavy cruisers of the US Fleet, the Fall River will be flagship for the Joint Task Group Force One and of Rear Admiral F.J. Fahrion, Advance Commander Joint Army-Navy Task Force One. The flag staff is responsible for controlling the Atomic Bomb test target vessels at Bikini.

Naval History & Heritage Command, Photo #L45-92.01.01

Mike Green
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Crewmembers on the Fall River watching the blast from Test Able during Operation Crossroads, 1 July 1946.

National Archives #80G627452

Robert Hall
Fall River 49k USS Fall River at anchor prior to scrapping in 1972. From the Larry Cote collection.. Richard Leonhardt
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171k The bow of the Fall River on display at Battleship Cove in Fall River MA. Robert Hall

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Crawford, David S., CAPT   07/01/1945 -

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

USS FALL RIVER (CA 131) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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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.
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