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Wilkes-Barre in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

U.S.S. Wilkes-Barre

 
 
U.S.S. Wilkes Barre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Beatty, May 3, 2009
1. U.S.S. Wilkes Barre Marker
Inscription.  These anchors and bell are preserved here as a memorial to a valiant ship, the U.S.S. Wilkes-Barre. CL 103 was a 10,000-ton Cleveland Class Cruiser, launched December 24, 1943, commissioned July 1, 1944, and attached to the Pacific Fleet, Cruiser Division Seventeen.

Becoming a part of Task Force 18, Third Fleet, the cruiser took part in bombardments against the enemy at French Indo–China, China, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Japan. During the Okinawa Campaign, the U.S.S. Wilkes-Barre aided the stricken carrier U.S.S. Bunker Hill and gained credit for saving the carrier.

The U.S.S. Wilkes-Barre received word of the enemy surrender, while off Hokkaido and entered Tokyo Bay to cover the landing of American Troops.

The U.S.S. Wilkes-Barre was decommissioned on October 9, 1947.

This monument was erected in 1971 under the auspices of Mr. Oscar Weissman and the N.E. Pennsylvania Council of the Navy League of the United States.
 
Erected 1971 by N.E. Pennsylvania Council of the Navy League of the United States.
 
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U.S.S. Wilkes Barre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Beatty, May 3, 2009
2. U.S.S. Wilkes Barre Marker
lists: Man-Made FeaturesWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 41° 15.061′ N, 75° 52.792′ W. Marker is in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of River Road and West Jackson Street, on the right when traveling south. Located on the Luzerne County Courthouse grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 North River Street, Wilkes Barre PA 18711, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Korean War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); 109th Field Artillery Battalion (a few steps from this marker); Ellen Webster Palmer (a few steps from this marker); Vietnam Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Wyoming Division Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Center of Law, Politics and Power (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Ellen Webster Palmer (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilkes-Barre.
 
U.S.S. Wilkes Barre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Beatty, May 3, 2009
3. U.S.S. Wilkes Barre Marker
U.S.S. Wilkes Barre Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 20, 2017
4. U.S.S. Wilkes Barre Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2017. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2009, by Michael Beatty of Hanover Township, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,176 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 9, 2009, by Michael Beatty of Hanover Township, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on November 23, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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