San Diego in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
USS San Diego Memorial
Crew: 756 Officers and Men
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
*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
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
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:
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
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
[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. Touch 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); San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation (approx. ¼ mile away); Lane Field Ballpark Site (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map 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 Persons • Notable Places • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 3, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 785 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 3, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on February 4, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 10, 11. submitted on July 11, 2015, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.