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USS San Diego Memorial

 
 
USS San Diego Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 7, 2011
1. USS San Diego Memorial
Inscription.
Panel 1:
USS San Diego (CL-53)
Light Cruiser
Crew: 756 Officers and Men

Battle Record
Guadalcanal to Tokyo Bay 1942 to 1945

34 Enemy Engagements – 18 Battle Stars
Steamed 312,000 NM
Second most decorated ship in World War II,
Never lost a man to enemy action

First major Allied warship into
Tokyo Bay at war’s end, August 1945

Major Campaigns
*Guadalcanal, *Truk, *Leyte Operation, *Buin-Faisi-Tonolai, *Marianas, Okinawa, *Santa Cruz Islands, Bonins, Formosa, *Third Savo, Saipan, Luzon, *Rennel Island, Guam, Visayas, *New Georgia-Rendova, Philippine Sea, *Luzon Operation *Bougainville, *Tinian, Luzon, Buka Bonis, *Western Carolines, Formosa, Rabaul, So. Palau Islands, China Coast, *Gilbert Islands, Philippine Islands, Nansei Shoto, *Marshall Islands, *Iwo Jima, Kwajalein-Majuro, *Okinawa, Jaluit Atoll, Japan

Built by Bethlehem Steel, Quincy, Massachusetts
Launched 26 July 1941
Christened by Mrs. Grace Benbough, wife of Mayor of San Diego

Commissioned 10 January 1942, Boston Navy Yard

Length 542 feet, Beam 53 feet, Displacement 7500 tons.
Main armament 16 5-inch guns in 8 twin mounts

Decommissioned 4 November 1946


Panels
USS San Diego Memorial Marker Panel 1 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 10, 2011
2. USS San Diego Memorial Marker Panel 1
2 and 3
:
Commanding Officers
Captain Benjamin F. Perry, USN
January 1942 – March 1943
Captain Lester J. Hudson, USN
March 1943 – March 1944
Captain William E. Mullan, USN
March 1944 – December 1945

Executive Officers
Commander Timothy J. O’Brien USN
January 1942 – May 1943
Commander John J. Lewis USN
May 1943 – November 1943
Commander Brooke Schumm USN
November 1943 – August 1945
Commander George F. Pittard USN
August 1945 – December 1945




Panels 4 and 5:
Flag Officers
Rear Admiral John D. Wilstie, USN,
Commander Cruiser Division 11
Rear Admiral Oscar M. Badger, USN,
Commander Task Force 31

“You have written your names in the golden pages of history and won the undying gratitude of your countrymen,” Vice Admiral William F. Halsey, USN, Commander, South Pacific - 17 November 1942, after victory in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal

Panel 6:
Hundreds of thousands of sailors went to sea and fought in World War II, perhaps the most singular unifying event in the history of the United States. These young Americans set aside their individual hopes and aspirations, left families, homes and jobs in a collective sacrifice to defend
USS San Diego Memorial Marker Panels 2&3 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 7, 2011
3. USS San Diego Memorial Marker Panels 2&3
their country and their common ideals. The men of the USS San Diego (CL-53) remembered here are emblematic of all who fought for victory in the epic struggle.
[Artists: Eugene L. Daub and Louis T. Quaintance.]
 
Erected 2004 by USS San Diego (CL-53) Memorial Association, Inc.
 
Location. 32° 42.742′ N, 117° 10.385′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West G Street and North Harbor Drive. Click for map. The memorial is accessible from the "The Greatest Generation Walk" - opposite the Tuna Harbor Marina off the Embarcadero at G Street, west of Harbor Drive. Marker is in this post office area: San Diego CA 92101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tuna Fleet Service, World War II (1941-1945) (a few steps from this marker); Clifton A. F. Sprague, Vice Admiral, USN (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); United States Aircraft Carrier Memorial (about 400 feet away); La Punta De Los Muertos (approx. 0.2 miles away); San Diego Barracks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lane Field Ballpark Site
USS San Diego Memorial Marker Panels 4&5 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 7, 2011
4. USS San Diego Memorial Marker Panels 4&5
(approx. ¼ mile away); “Star of India” (approx. half a mile away); Ferryboat "Berkeley" (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Diego.
 
Also see . . .  USS San Diego (CL-53) - "The Unbeatable Ship That Nobody Ever Heard Of". San Diego Navy Historical Association (SDNHA) (Submitted on February 4, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 
 
Additional keywords. Anti-aircraft cruiser; "Greatest Generation Walk".
 
Categories. Notable PersonsNotable PlacesWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
USS San Diego Memorial Marker Panel 6 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 7, 2011
5. USS San Diego Memorial Marker Panel 6
Artists: Eugene L. Daub and Louis T. Quaintance
USS San Diego Memorial - close-up of the sailor. image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 7, 2011
6. USS San Diego Memorial - close-up of the sailor.
USS San Diego Memorial - rendering of the ship in action against Japanese aircraft, WWII image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 7, 2011
7. USS San Diego Memorial - rendering of the ship in action against Japanese aircraft, WWII
USS San Diego (CL-53) crewmembers - some of the 700+ names on the memorial image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 7, 2011
8. USS San Diego (CL-53) crewmembers - some of the 700+ names on the memorial
The USS San Diego Memorial, at left image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 7, 2011
9. The USS San Diego Memorial, at left
- view from the north, across G Street, with the Tuna Harbor Marina, upper right.
USS San Diego Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, June 21, 2015
10. USS San Diego Memorial Marker
USS San Diego Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, June 21, 2015
11. USS San Diego Memorial Marker
 
 
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