Navy to Sink Proud Old Cruiser
Sunday, May 16th, 1948
Los Angeles Times
Angry Muzzles That Poured Steel at Japanese
in Marshalls to be Cold when Death Strikes
They'll tow Old Swayback Maru out to blue water sometime next week---and sink her.
Or perhaps, if you're the precise type, you prefer to call Old Swayback, the USS Salt Lake City, CA25, oldest heavy cruiser in the US Fleet.
Two weeks ago the mare Island Navy Yard announced that Old Swayback would become a punching bag for the last time. Deep waters were to receive her loyal ones, as they already have received the nautical remains of the Pennsylvania (once the Pacific Fleet flagship), the gallant destroyers Talbot, Wilson & Trippe and the courageous attack transport Fallon, Bracken and Banner.
Later cruisers were much better armored, so Old Swayback also earned the sobriquet "tinclad."
She got her blood baptism at Cape Esperance --- three major-caliber hits that killed five men, wounded 21 and sent her to Pearl Harbor for some patchwork. But it was the little-sung battle of the Komandorskis, off the Aleutians in the icy Bering Sea, that Old Swayback rose to greatest heights and faced her greatest danger, under Vice-Adm. C. H. "Sock" McMorris and Capt. Bert Rodgers
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SLC Goes to her Watery Grave
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SLC Veterans that went to Operation Crossroads
Elegy for "Old Swayback" by Donald C. Trenary, Lt.
Radioactivity Lingers Longer in Water Blast, 1948
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