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San Pedro in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

U.S.S. Los Angeles

Non sibi sed patriae ("Not for Self but for Country")

 

L. A. Maritime Museum

 
U.S.S. <i>Los Angeles</i> Naval Monument image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 8, 2011
1. U.S.S. Los Angeles Naval Monument
Inscription.
Seal of the U.S.S. Los Angeles: 1945 - 1977

U.S.S. Los Angeles
Naval Monument

Heavy Cruiser CA-135
To the personnel and ships
of the United States Navy

Anchors - loan United States Navy
Mainmast & mooring bitts - donated by Joseph S. Schapiro
Capstan cover - donated by San Pedro Bicentennial Committee
Rigging – donated by Coordinated Equipment Company
Services – Roy Coats & Charles Slocombe
Plaque – C. M. Bailey, U.S.N. Ret.

Dedicated 1st December 1977
Tom Bradley, Mayor

John S. Gibson, Jr., Councilman
15th District, City of Los Angeles

 
Erected 1977 by the City of Los Angeles.
 
Location. 33° 44.372′ N, 118° 16.777′ W. Marker is in San Pedro, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on South Harbor Boulevard north of East 6th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker plaque is on display in the John S. Gibson, Jr. Park along with components from USS Los Angeles - recovered after she was decommissioned and scrapped in 1977. Marker is in this post office area: San Pedro CA 90731, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Restored mast of U.S.S. <i>Los Angeles</i> - the monument marker is in shade, lower right. image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 8, 2011
2. Restored mast of U.S.S. Los Angeles - the monument marker is in shade, lower right.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial Wall of Honor (within shouting distance of this marker); Harry Bridges Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Fishing Industry Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II Memorial: Propeller from Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. Canberra CA-70/CAG-2 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Municipal Ferry Building - Maritime Museum (about 400 feet away); Liberty Hill (about 500 feet away); Anna Lee Fisher - Astronaut (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Pedro.
 
More about this marker.
Additional relics from Los Angeles, Canberra, New Jersey, and from other notable warships and merchantmen are displayed on the grounds and inside of the L. A. Maritime Museum (the former Municipal Ferry Building) - one block to the southeast.
 
Also see . . .
1. U.S.S. Los Angeles Association. (Submitted on November 25, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Mast Stepping. (Submitted on December 2, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords.
Restored 8-inch gun barrel, anchors and other donated relics in John S. Gibson, Jr. Park image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 8, 2011
3. Restored 8-inch gun barrel, anchors and other donated relics in John S. Gibson, Jr. Park
William Vernon Dunbar M.D.; Dick Edward Wolfe, San Pedro's Poet Laureate; 16-inch ordnance from USS New Jersey (BB-62).
 
Categories. War, KoreanWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
Plate on the "L.A.'s"restored mast, re: <i>The Stepping of a Mast </i> image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 8, 2011
4. Plate on the "L.A.'s"restored mast, re: The Stepping of a Mast
"Let the anchor and sturdy chain signify
'Faith in Our Being'
May God's benevolence remain with us always,
proudly proving our earned nation's heritage whose finite mold over our name's cast...

from the poem by Dick Edward Wolfe, San Pedro's Poet Laureate.
U.S.S. <i>Los Angeles</i> ship's bell - on display in front of the nearby L. A. Maritime Museum image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 8, 2011
5. U.S.S. Los Angeles ship's bell - on display in front of the nearby L. A. Maritime Museum
U.S.S. <i>Los Angeles</i>, 1952 image. Click for full size.
By U.S. Navy
6. U.S.S. Los Angeles, 1952
- during her second deployment to the 7th Fleet during the Korean War.
U.S.S. <i>Los Angeles</i> Marker Panel 2 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 8, 2011
7. U.S.S. Los Angeles Marker Panel 2
"The third ship to bear the name. Sponsored by Mrs. Fletcher Bowron..."
USS New Jersey (BB 62) image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 17, 2013
8. USS New Jersey (BB 62)
16 Inch 50 Caliber Gun Barrel From USS New Jersey (BB 62) Barrel Length 68 Feet Barrel Weight 118.5 Ton Projectile Weight 2,700 Pounds Speed of Projectile Leaving Barrel 1,841 Miles Per Hr. Range (Distance) 24 Miles Los Angels Maritime Museum
U.S.S. New Jersey (BB 62) image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 17, 2013
9. U.S.S. New Jersey (BB 62)
16 Inch Armor Piercing Projectile image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 17, 2013
10. 16 Inch Armor Piercing Projectile
16 Inch Armor Piercing Projectile Length: 72 Inches Weight: 2700 Lbs. 600 Lbs. of powder creates 17.5 tons of pressure per square inch in the power chamber, forcing the projectile through the 68 FT. gun barrel toward its target - traveling at 1653 miles per Hour/Spinning at 4000 R.P.M. Maximum Range: 22.8 Miles Rate of Fire: 2 Rounds per Minute
16 Inch Armor Piercing Projectile image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 17, 2013
11. 16 Inch Armor Piercing Projectile
Anchors image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 17, 2013
12. Anchors
William Vernon Dunbar M.D. image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 17, 2013
13. William Vernon Dunbar M.D.
Physician and Surgeon, Naval Commander Outstanding Citizen and Humanitarian He gave so that others would live. This monument is dedicated with pride and respect by the people of San Pedro.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 25, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 728 times since then and 70 times this year. Last updated on February 17, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 25, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4. submitted on December 1, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   5, 6. submitted on November 25, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   7. submitted on February 14, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on February 1, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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