George Carlsen, Bug1c
U.S.S. Salt Lake City CA25
George is in the black uniform
Other person unknown


U.S.S. SLC...USN...George Carlsen, Bug1c

US FLAG George Carlsen passed away on Feb. 24th, 1981. Information from grandson George C. Carlsen

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Hi my name is George C. Carlsen, my Grandpa’s name is George Carlsen. He served on the USS Salt Lake City as a Bug-1c (bugle 1st class).

I loved to listen to his stories about his tour of duty which he would tell me after Sunday family dinner. He was Honorably Discharged in 1931.

My grandfather served in the Navy twice. The first time on the USS North Dakota. He enlisted 20 November 1920 and was Honorably discharged on 19 November 1923. He then re-enlisted on 5 April 1927 and Honorably discharged from the USS Salt Lake City on 16 March 1931.

My father and I have gone through some of his things and found the following:

Orders dated 13 November 1929 Salt Lake City Detail
USS Salt Lake City Station Billet
Subpoena and Summons Extraordinary, the People of the Deep, the Royal High Court of the Raging Main.

We also came across a couple of other interesting things:
Menus from Thanksgiving 1929 Receiving Station Navy Yard Philadelphia PA.
USS Salt Lake City December 25, 1930 Christmas Menu.

Please add his name to the roster with the rest of his Brothers

Thank You, and thanks for this web site



U.S.S. Salt Lake City CA25 Christmas Menu, 1930
Names on Menu
Deceased Captain F. L. Oliver, Commanding Officer
Deceased Commander Henry C. Gearing, Jr., Exec. Office
Deceased Lt. Comdr. L. C. Corning, Supply Officer

menu menu




The Salt Lake City - Watch Our Smoke

Newspaper Clipping - No Name - No Date
George Carlsen is "The Bugler" mentioned in the article

You fellows (P.P. L. of the MEMPHIS, and Old Timer of the DETROIT) have some nerve to brag of your past and present achievements! In fact I can't see that any of you Cruiser men, except those of the OMAHA, have anything to top off about. Now if you were as decorated with "E"s as she (the OMAHA) is you might have a little ground to stand on when you speak of your past record.

Maybe you will do something in the future but if you don't "snap out of it" you will find yourselves at the bottom of the list in Gunnery, engineering, and what have you. Why? Because the SALT LAKE CITY is ready for the open seas and when she gets started she will be hard to stop!

We expect to have even more "E"s than the OMAHA so you can imagine the contrast between your "tug boats" (some call them Cruisers but of course they can't be classed with the SALT LAKE CITY) and our snappy Man-o-War!!! Your plight will be pitiful! In fact you will be ashamed to admit that you are in the Cruiser class.

We have already started our career in an efficient manner by playing "wet nurse" to the Philadelphia Navy Yard, pulling it out of the gutter, so to speak, and putting it back on its feet again. We often wonder how the Yard got along before we came and what will keep the ball rolling after we leave. We have furnished the Receiving Station with a winning Baseball team, put the S-2 and TOPEKA out of commission, kept the Recreation Center looking spick and span, juggled the destroyers and submarines around in the back channel and converted the MERCY into a comfortable place to live, since being here. Not to mention the bugler of ours that the Station uses for every possible occasion.

And speaking of bugler. I'll tell the cockeyed world we have a bugler!!! When he sounds Mess Gear it makes one's mouth water. And we have a Commissary Steward that can fix up a chow to take the edge off that appetite (which can not be said of all Commissary Stewards). Then when our bugler sounds "Taps"---well, it would put anyone to sleep with pleasant dreams!!!

Officers? The best and most efficient bunch of men that ever paced a Quarter Deck.

Crew? None better, in this Navy or any other.

In fact the SALT LAKE CITY will be a home. The best ship in the Navy, exclusive of none. We are going to lead the Navy in everything including sports.

So, Battlewagons, Cruisers, and Cans, stand by for some real competition beginning with the New Year. We are wishing you the best of luck but know that you haven't a chance!

D. L. Webster, U.S.S. Salt Lake City


U.S.S. SALT LAKE CITY goes into Commission
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Salt Lake City in Commission
Newspaper Article - No Name-No date
The light cruiser SALT LAKE CITY, the frist of the 10,000-ton cruisers, was placed in Commission at the Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Dec. 11, 1929. The SALT LAKE CITY was built by the American Brown Boveri Electric Corporation. She was authorized by Act of Congress of Dec. 18, 1924 in a program of eight light cruisers. Her keel was laid June 9, 1927 and launched Jan. 23, 1929.

Captain Frederick L. Oliver, U.S.N., will command the SALT LAKE CITY.

The dimensions of the SLC are:
Length: 585 feet 6 inches
Breadth: 63 feet 11 1/2 inches
Displacement: 10,000 tons
Armament: Ten eight-inch guns; in two triple and two twin mounts.
Two 3-pounder saluting guns
Two 21 inch triple torpedo tubes above water
Quarters available for Officers:
Cabin Officer.....................1
Wardroom Officers................31
Warrant Officers.................21
Normal complement:
Chief Petty Officers.............30
Other enlisted men..............538


George Carlsen, Bug1c

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