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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - India - Quebec - Echo

Displacement 14,700 Tons, Dimensions, 679' 6" (oa) x 70' 8" x 25' (Max)
Armament 12 x 6"/47AA, 24 x 3"/50AA, 12 x 20mm.
Armor, 5" Belt, 6 1/2" Turrets, 3 1/2" Deck, 5" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 120,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 1401.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 15 May 1945 by the New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ
Launched 16 JUN 1947
Commissioned 4 APR 1949
Decommissioned 31 OCT 1958
Stricken 1 DEC 1970
Fate Sold for scrap to Levin Metals Corporation of San Jose, CA on 22 FEB 1972
Two Hundred tons of Armor Plate from USS Roanoke have been put to use at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
(Thanks to Mark Janowski for this information)

Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

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Roanoke 120k Overhead stern view, as built. USN
Roanoke 159k Overhead, Starboard bow, as built. (poor) USN
282k Starboard bow view, date and location unknown. Robert M. Cieri
2m Port bow aerial view, date and location unknown DCC(SS/SW) David Johnston, USN
Roanoke 163k Highline transfer between the USS Roanoke and USS Gainard (DD 706). Taken from USS Gainard by Bernard Devlin. Bill Devlin
Roanoke 149k USS Gainard (DD 706) making an approach on USS Caloosahatchee (AO 98) while the Roanoke takes on fuel. Taken from USS Gainard (DD 706) by Bernard Devlin. Bill Devlin
Roanoke 60k Algiers, 1950. Larry Bohn
129k Starboard bow view while at anchor in an unknown port between 1953 & 1955. Jim Hewson
479k Nice view of the fantail and after turrets including the MK-27 Fire Control Radars mounted on the 6"/47 MK-16 DP turret fascia along with other details. Photo taken in 1954. Jim Hewson
231k Moored in Genoa, Italy sometime between 29 May to 03 June 1954. The ship to the right is the SS Andrea Doria, which sank off of Nantucket, Massachusetts on 25 July 1956 when it collided with the MS Stockholm. Carlo Martinelli
1.9m Another nice photo of the fantail including the starboard 3"/50 MK-34 single gun mount in a hull mounted sponson. The ship is Med-moored in Genoa, Italy sometime between 29 May to 03 June 1954. The ship to the right is the SS Andrea Doria, which sank off of Nantucket, Massachusetts on 25 July 1956 when it collided with the MS Stockholm. (Photo ID provided by Maurizio Brescia) Jim Hewson
261k Liberty party heading ashore while anchored sometime between 1953 & 1955, location unknown. Jim Hewson
Roanoke 140k Algiers, 20 May 1954, just completed blowing tubes in the after boiler room. Ship behind is the USS Tidewater (AD 31). Larry Bohn
2m Underway in San Francisco Bay, California, at the time of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz' review of the First Fleet, 13 June 1957.

Photo taken by Allied Photographers of San Francisco.

Robert M. Cieri
1m A colorized version of the previous photo. Yu Cho
270k A painting of USS Roanoke (CL 145) entering San Francisco Bay in 1957 by artist Wayne Scarpaci. The title of the painting is "Summer Fog". Wayne Scarpaci
508k Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA, 31 March 1963. From Right to Left: Unknown Cleveland Class Light Cruiser, USS Vicksburg (CL 86), USS Bremerton (CA 130), USS Worcester (CL 144), USS Roanoke (CL 145), USS Tucson (CLAA 98). Dennis Tyra

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Kelsey, John Donald, CAPT RADM 04/04/1949 - 12/16/1949
Yeomans, Elmer Eugene, CAPT RADM 12/16/1949 - 12/09/1950
Veeder, William Schuetze, CAPT RADM 12/09/1950 - 11/04/1951
Parish, Herman Oliff, CAPT   11/04/1951 - 11/03/1952
Deutermann, Harold Thomas, CAPT VADM 11/03/1952 - 09/15/1953
Burlingame, Creed Caldwell, CAPT RADM 09/15/1953 - 03/03/1955
Knoll, Denys William, CAPT RADM 03/03/1955 - 11/14/1955
Sands, Eugene Thomas, CAPT   11/14/1955 - 01/24/1957
Chew, John Louis, CAPT VADM 01/24/1957 - 01/15/1958
Cone, James Ingham, CAPT   01/15/1958 - 10/02/1958
McIntosh, Neil Broce, CDR   10/02/1958 - 10/31/1958

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

USS ROANOKE (CL 145) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Vic Russell
Address: 7 River Drive
Toms River, NJ 08753-7028
Phone: 732-929-0671

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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