USS San Diego, Forever Remembered

Heather Friedman

San Diego, United States

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Seen July 29, 2017.

The USS San Diego (CL-53) was a fortunate and well-run ship, always ready for action, the San Diego steamed over 300,000 nautical miles, engaged the enemy on 34 different occasions, and never lost a man. She earned 18 battle stars for her World War II service, more than any other ship except the famous carrier Enterprise (CV-6)

Commissioned into service, a month after the Pearl Harbor attack—the San Diego soon joined the Pacific Fleet with which she served nearly continuously throughout World War II.

The San Diego was a light cruiser—one of four of the Atlanta class—and the only one of her sisters to survive the war unscathed. Ships of this class could steam at over 30 knots and carried a main armament of sixteen 5-inch guns, which enabled them to provide formidable anti-aircraft defense for the fast carrier task forces that spearheaded the naval offensive in the Pacific.

Decommissioned in 1946, the ship was sold for scrapping in December 1960.

Artists: Eugene Daub – San Pedro, California & Louis Quaintance – Berkeley, California
Location: Harbor Drive at G Street Mole, San Diego, California

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