Allied Warships

USS Boise (CL 47)

Light cruiser of the Brooklyn class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeLight cruiser
PennantCL 47 
Built byNewport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Laid down1 Apr 1935 
Launched3 Dec 1936 
Commissioned12 Aug 1938 
End service1 Jul 1946 

In February 1939, following a shakedown cruise to Monrovia, Liberia; and Cape Town, Union of South Africa, Boise joined Division 9, Cruisers, Battle Force, at San Pedro, California. Until November 1941 she operated alternately off the west coast and in Hawaiian waters. She then escorted a convoy to Manila, Philippine Islands, arriving 4 December 1941.

The outbreak of war in the Philippines found Boise off Cebu. She joined TF 5 in the East Indies, but on 21 January 1942 Boise (Captain Stephen Boutwell Robinson) struck an uncharted shoal in Sape Strait and had to retire to Colombo, Ceylon and later Bombay, India and finally Mare Island Navy Yard for repairs. Her repairs completed, she sailed on 22 June 1942 to escort a convoy to Auckland, New Zealand. She then returned to Pearl Harbor and during 31 July-10 August 1942 conducted a raiding cruise in Japanese waters as a feint to draw attention away from the Guadalcanal landings. In August she escorted a convoy to the Fiji and New Hebrides Islands. During 14-18 September she helped cover the landing of Marine reinforcements on Guadalcanal. However during the Battle of Cape Esperance (Captain Edward Joseph Moran, USN) she was badly damaged by Gunfire and incurred casualties of 107 killed and 32 wounded. She made her way to Philadelphia Navy Yard where she underwent extensive repairs from 19 November 1942 till 20 March 1943.

Boise departed 8 June 1943 for the Mediterranean, arriving at Algiers, Algeria on 21 June. Between 10 July and 18 August 1943 she acted as a cover and fire support ship during the landings in Sicily. In September she took part in the Italian mainland landings at Taranto (9-10 September). She returned to New York 15 November 1943 and once again steamed to the South Pacific, arriving at Milne Bay, New Guinea, 31 December.

During January-September 1944 she took part in operations along the northern shore of New Guinea, including: Madang-Alexishafen bombardment (25-26 January); Humboldt Bay landings (22 April); Wakde-Sawar bombardment (29-30 April); Wakde-Toem landings (15-25 May); Biak landings (25 May-10 June); Noemfoor landings (1-2 July); Cape Sansapor landings (27 July-31 August); and the occupation of Morotai (1-30 September). The cruiser moved northward as the battle front advanced into the Philippines taking part in: Leyte invasion (20-24 October); Battle of Surigao Strait (25 October); Mindoro landings (12-17 December); Leyte-Mindoro covering action (26-29 December); Lingayen Gulf landings, with General D. MacArthur embarked (9-13 January 1945); Luzon covering force (14-31 January); Bataan-Corregidor occupation (13-17 February); and Zamboanga landings (8-12 March). She then moved to Borneo for the Tarakan landings (27 April-3 May). During 3-16 June she carried General MacArthur on a 35,000 mile tour of the Central and Southern Philippines and Brunei Bay, Borneo, and then returned to San Pedro, California arriving on 7 July.

The cruiser remained in the San Pedro area undergoing overhaul and training until October. She sailed 3 October for the east coast, arriving at New York 20 October. Boise remained there until she was decommissioned 1 July 1946.

She was sold to Argentina on 11 January 1951 and was renamed Neuve de Julio in 1955, the cruiser was an active unit of the Argentine Navy until 1978 and was sold for scrapping in 1981.


Commands listed for USS Boise (CL 47)

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1Capt. Benjamin Vaughan McCandlish, USN12 Aug 193828 Aug 1940
2Capt. Stephan Boutwell Robinson, USN28 Aug 194028 Jan 1942
3T/Capt. Edward Joseph Moran, USN28 Jan 194223 Mar 1943
4T/R.Adm. Leo Hewlett Thebaud, USN23 Mar 194325 Sep 1943
5Capt. John Summerfield Roberts, USN25 Sep 194328 Nov 1944
6T/Cdr. Thomas Michael Wolverton, USN28 Nov 19446 Dec 1944
7T/Capt. Willard Merrill Downes, USN6 Dec 194431 Aug 1945
8T/Capt. Charles Clifford Hartman, USN31 Aug 1945

9T/Capt. Charles Clifford Hartman, USN31 Aug 1945

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Notable events involving Boise include:

8 Sep 1943

Operation Slapstick.

Landing of troops at Taranto following the Italian armistice.

Around 1545/8, the light cruisers HMS Aurora (Commodore W.G. Agnew, CB, RN), HMS Penelope (Capt. G.D. Belben, DSC, AM, RN), HMS Dido (Capt. J. Terry, RN), HMS Sirius (Capt. P.W.B. Brooking, RN), USS Boise (T/Rear-Admiral T.H. Thebaud, USN) and the fast minelayer HMS Abdiel (Capt. D. Orr-Ewing, DSO, RN) departed Bizerta for Taranto. These cruisers and the minelayer had troops on board as well as stores and vehicles.

Around 0630/9, they joined the battleships HMS Howe (Capt. C.H.L. Woodhouse, CB, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral A.J. Power, CB, CVO, RN) and HMS King George V (Capt. T.E. Halsey, DSO, RN) which had departed Malta around 2200/8 with the destroyers HMS Jervis (Capt. J.S. Crawford, DSO, RN), HMS Paladin (Lt. E.A.S. Bailey DSC, MBE, RN), HMS Panther (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Jocelyn, RN), HMS Pathfinder (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, DSO and 3 Bars, RN), HMS Penn (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Swain, DSO, RN) and HMS Wishart (Lt. J.A. Holdsworth, RN).

Around 1315/9, the escort destroyers HMS Aldenham (Lt.Cdr. H.A. Stuart-Menteth, RN), HMS Croome (Lt. H.D.M. Slater, RN), HMS Hurworth (Cdr. R.H. Wright, DSC, RN) and RHS Kanaris joined coming from Sousse (via Malta) from where they had sailed on the 8th. They had on board a port party for Taranto.

Around 1400B/9, the Italian battleships Caio Duilio (flying the flag of Vice-Admiral Da Zara), Andrea Doria, light cruisers Luigi Cadorna, Pompeo Magno and the destroyer Nicoloso da Recco were sighted proceeding towards Malta to surrender. HMS King George V with HMS Panther, Pathfinder, HMS Penn then parted company to escort these ships to Malta.

Around 1630/9, the minesweepers HMS Hazard (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Smith, RN), HMS Hebe (Lt.Cdr. G. Mowatt, RD, RNR), HMS Sharpshooter (Lt.Cdr. W.L. O'Mara, DSC, RN) and HMS BYMS 2012 (T/A/Skr.Lt. C.J. Watson, RNR) joined. These ships had also departed Malta on the 8th.

In the evening all the other ships entered the harbour of Taranto where the troops, port party, stores and vehicles were disembarked.

Troops were then to be disembarked, however, on 10 September, shortly after midnight, HMS Abdiel was mined and sunk with heavy loss of life inside the harbour before she had been able to disembark her troops.

10 Sep 1943
Around 0700/10, HMS Aurora (Commodore W.G. Agnew, CB, RN), HMS Penelope (Capt. G.D. Belben, DSC, AM, RN), HMS Dido (Capt. J. Terry, RN), HMS Sirius (Capt. P.W.B. Brooking, RN) and USS Boise (T/Rear-Admiral T.H. Thebaud, USN) departed Taranto after disembaring their troops, stores and vehicles.

Course was set to return to Bizerta where they arrived around 1100/11. (1)

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  1. ADM 53/116993 + ADM 53/117379 + ADM 53/118343 + ADM 53/118558 + logbook of USS Boise

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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