Allied Warships

USS Cleveland (CL 55)

Light cruiser of the Cleveland class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeLight cruiser
ClassCleveland 
PennantCL 55 
Built byNew York Shipbuilding Corp. (Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered23 Mar 1940 
Laid down1 Jul 1940 
Launched6 Sep 1941 
Commissioned15 Jun 1942 
End service7 Feb 1947 
History

Decommissioned 7 February 1947.
Stricken 1 March 1959.
Sold 18 February 1960 to be broken up for scrap.

 

Commands listed for USS Cleveland (CL 55)

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CommanderFromTo
1Capt. Edmund Weidmann Burrough, USN15 Sep 194219 Jun 1943
2Capt. Andrew Gilbert Shepard, USN19 Jun 194314 Aug 1944
3T/Capt. Herbert Gladstone Hopwood, USN14 Aug 19443 Jul 1945
4T/Capt. Charles Joseph Maguire, USN3 Jul 1945

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Notable events involving Cleveland include:


10 Apr 1945
Around 0800I/10, Task Group 74.3, made up of the light cruisers USS Phoenix (T/Capt. J.H. Duncan, USN, flying the flag of COMCRUDIV 15, T/Rear-Admiral R.S. Berkey, USN), HMAS Hobart (Capt. R.S. Dowling, RAN) and the destroyers USS Nicholas (T/Cdr. D.C. Lyndon, USN, with COMDESRON 21, T/Capt. J.K.B. Ginder, USN on board), USS Fletcher (T/Lt.Cdr. R.R. Green, USN), USS Jenkins (T/Cdr. P.D. Gallery, USN), USS O'Bannon (T/Lt.Cdr. J.A. Pridmore, USN), USS Taylor (T/Lt.Cdr. H.H. de Laureal, USN) and HMAS Warramunga (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Alliston, DSC and Bar, RN) departed Subic Bay for exercises.

Around 1700I/10, Task Group 74.2, made up of the light cruisers USS Denver (Capt. T.F. Darden, Jr., USN, flying the flag of COMCRUDIV 21, T/Rear-Admiral R.S. Riggs, USN), USS Cleveland (T/Capt. H.G. Hopwood, USN), USS Montpelier (T/Capt. W.A. Gorry, USN) and the destroyers USS Conway (T/Cdr. J.H. Besson, Jr., USN, with COMDESDIV 44, T/Capt. S.G. Hooper, USN on board), USS Stevens (T/Cdr. G.W. Pressey, USN), USS Cony (T/Cdr. A.W. Moore, USN), USS Eaton (T/Cdr. C. Brown, USN), USS Young (T/Cdr. D.G. Dockum, USN) and USS Sigourney (T/Lt.Cdr. F. Hale, Jr., USN) joined the exercises until 2345I/10 when they parted company.

All ships of Task Group 74.3 returned to Subic Bay on 11 April. Some rather early in the day but some, which had continued with exercises arrived later in the day. (1)

Sources

  1. War Diary COMDESRON 21 for April 1945

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