Allied Warships

USS Denver (CL 58)

Light cruiser of the Cleveland class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeLight cruiser
ClassCleveland 
PennantCL 58 
Built byNew York Shipbuilding Corp. (Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered12 Jun 1940 
Laid down26 Dec 1940 
Launched4 Apr 1942 
Commissioned15 Oct 1942 
End service7 Feb 1947 
History

Decommissioned 7 February 1947.
Stricken 1 March 1959.
Sold 29 February 1960 to be broken up for scrap.

 

Commands listed for USS Denver (CL 58)

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CommanderFromTo
1Capt. Robert Bostwick Carney, USN15 Oct 194224 Jul 1943
2T/Capt. Robert Pearce Briscoe, USN24 Jul 194322 Feb 1944
3T/R.Adm. Albert MacQueen Bledsoe, USN22 Feb 19446 Apr 1945
4Capt. Thomas Francis Darden, Jr., USN6 Apr 1945

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Notable events involving Denver 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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