Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
U.S.S. Tuscaloosa (CA 37)
Commissioned August 17, 1934
Type: New Orleans Class Heavy Cruiser
Displacement: 9,975 ton
Propulsion: 107,000 HP Stream Turbines
Speed: 32.7 knots
Length: 588 feet
Crew size: 708
Armament: nine 8 inch / 55 caliber guns, eight 5 inch / 25 caliber “dual purpose” guns.
From the beginning of U.S. involvement in WW II through 1944 the U.S.S. Tuscaloosa operated in the European Theater participating in convoy protection, the invasion of North Africa, the first carrier strikes in Norway, and the invasion of Normandy and South France. In 1945 she operated in the Pacific Theater and participated in the invasion of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. The U.S.S. Tuscaloosa fought in four of the most crucial battles of the war, for these and other battles she was awarded seven Battle Stars. The U.S.S. Tuscaloosa was decommissioned in 1946. The original mast from the U.S.S. Tuscaloosa is on display in the center of the Veterans Memorial Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Military War, World II • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 33° 11.591′ N, 87° 31.532′ W. Marker is in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in Tuscaloosa County. Marker is on McFarland Boulevard East (U.S. 82), on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in the Tuscaloosa County Veterans Memorial park, located in front of University Mall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1701 McFarland Boulevard East, Tuscaloosa AL 35404, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tuscaloosa County Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); French 75 Millimeter Feldhase (a few steps from this marker); Replica Gates for Northington General Hospital (a few steps from this marker); M60A3 TTS Medium Tank (a few steps from this marker); Gun from the U.S.S. Tuscaloosa (a few steps from this marker); Vought A-7E Corsair II (within shouting distance of this marker); Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Huey) (within shouting distance of this marker); Willys Jeep (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuscaloosa.
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