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1947 USS Duluth CL87


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USS Duluth (CL-87), underway in Hampton Roads area, Virginia, 10 October 1944, while enroute to the southern Chesapeake Bay for sea training.  Her camouflage is Measure 32, Design 11a.

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    The first USS DULUTH was one of the 27 CLEVELAND-class Light Cruisers and the first ship in the Navy named after the city in Minnesota.  Commissioned in September 1944, the Duluth served as an Atlantic fleet training platform until transiting to the Pacific fleet to aid in the march to peace with Japan.

    Decommissioned in June 1949, the DULUTH spent the following ten years in the Reserve Fleet.  She was stricken from the Navy list in January 1960 and sold for scrapping in September of that year.  All 27 ships of this class of warships, though worked heavily and damaged in some cases, survived the war. 

    DULUTH's commissioning Commanding Officer was Captain Donald R. Osborn, Jr., USN, US Naval Acadamy Class of 1920.


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General Characteristics

Awarded:                   September 9, 1940
Builder:                      Newport News Shipbuilding & 
                                       Drydock Co., Newport News, VA
Namesake:                 City of Duluth, Minnesota
Type:                          Cleveland Class Light Cruiser
Keel Laid:                   November 9, 1942
Launched:                  January 13, 1944
Sponsored By:           Mrs. Edward H. (Ella) Hatch
                                       Wife of the Mayor of Duluth, MN
Commissioned:          September 18, 1944
Decommissioned:      June 25, 1949
Stricken:                    January 1, 1960
Sold:                          November 14, 1960

Propulsion System:   4 - 634 PSI Steam Boilers
                                   4 - Geared Turbines - 100,000 SHP
                                   4 Screws

Length:                      610.2 Feet
Beam:                        66.3 Feet
Draft:                         24.6 Feet
Displacement:           14,130 Tons - Fully 
Loaded
Speed:                       32.5 Knots
Range:                       11,000 Miles @ 15 Knots

Aircraft Carried:        Four Float Planes
Aviation Facilities:    Two Stern Catapults

Armament:                Twelve 6-Inch/47 Caliber Mark 16
                                        Guns in Four Triple Mounts 
                                  Twelve 5-Inch/38 Caliber Guns in 
                                        Six Twin Mounts 
                                  Four Quad 40MM Bofors Anti-Aircraft 
                                        Guns 
                                  Six Dual 40MM Bofors Anti-Aircraft
                                        Guns
                                  Ten Single 20mm Oerlikon Anti-
                                        Aircraft Cannons

Armor:            Belt:   5 Inches
                      Deck:   2 Inches
              Barbettes:   6 Inches
                  Turrets:   6 Inches
     Conning Tower:   5 Inches

Awards:                    China Service Medal
                                  American Campaign Medal
                                  Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
                                  World War II Victory Medal
                                  Navy World War II Occupation Medal
                                        w/Asia Clasp

Crew:                        70 Officers and 1,285 Enlisted 
Int'l Call Sign:          NUBP

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USS DULUTH CL-87 History


    USS DULUTH was launched 13 January 1944 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Virginia; sponsored by Mrs. Edward H. (Ella) Hatch, wife of the Mayor of Duluth, Minnesota; and commissioned 18 September 1944, Captain D. R. Osborn, Jr., in command.

    From 14 December 1944 to 2 March 1945 DULUTH served as a training cruiser at Newport, Rhode Island.  After brief overhaul at Norfolk, she sailed 7 April, through the Canal Zone, for the Pacific, arriving at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 29 April 1945.  On 8 May she got underway to join the 5th Fleet and rendezvoused with the fast carriers on 27 May. Severe structural damage to her bow suffered in a typhoon 5 June forced her to return to Guam for repairs, but she rejoined Task Force 38 on 21 July to screen during the final air strikes on the Japanese homeland which continued until the end of the war on 2 September 1945.

    The DULUTH formed part of the crusier screen for the carrier force during the last few weeks of the war, when the carriers were engaged in a series of attacks on the Japanese home islands.  The DULUTH was awarded two Battle Stars for her brief combat career.

    From 24 August 1945 until she entered Tokyo Bay 16 September 1945, DULUTH operated with Task Force 38, which was probiding radar picket and combat air patrol for transport aircraft flying occupation forces into Japan.  On 1 October 1945 DULUTH sailed for the United States, ariving at Seattle, Washington on 19 October 1945 for Navy Day celebrations.

    Based in San Pedro, California, DULUTH served a tour of duty in the Far East between 3 January 1946 and 27 September 1946, and on 24 February 1947 sailed for an extended visit at Pearl Harbor, TH.  Between May and July 1947, she visited Melbourne and Sydney, Austrailia; Truk, Guam; and Manila.  She served again the Far East patrolling the China coast during the Chinese civil war, between 22 September 1947 and 19 May 1948, when she returned to her new homeport, Long Beach California.  She carried NROTC Midshpment on a taining cruise to British Columbia, Canada in the summer of 1948, and in February 1949 joind in cold-weather operations off Kodiak, Alaska.  She was placed out of commission in reserve 25 June 1949, and sold on 14 November 1960.

    DULUTH received two battle stars for her World War II service.


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Commanding Officers

Capt. Donald R. Osborn, Jr.      18 Sep 1944 - 21 Sep 1945

 

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Click on the link below to view the entire contents of the special 1947 Shellback Cruise Book.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2vMMj0FHpBLLThrS0RxeVBzM2c/view?usp=sharing



This cruise book was generously provided by 

AOM3 Bob Tankersley, who served aboard 

USS Duluth CL-87 in 1946 & 1947




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