Navy Day October 27th, 1945
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Captain J. Connor, USN Commanding Officer
Commander R. G. Ganahl, USN Executive Officer
Length: 585 feet 6 Inches
Beam: 63 Feet, 11 1/2 Inches
Displacement: 10,000 Tons
Draft: 17 Feet 6 Inches
Aircraft: Two Scout Observation Planes
Speed: 32.5 Knots
Armament: Ten Eight Inch, 55 Caliber Guns|
Eight Five Inch, 25 Caliber Guns
Twenty Four 40 MM Dual Purpose Guns
Twenty 20 MM Guns
Personnel: Officers: 90
Enlisted Men: 1100
First of eight cruisers constructed under the Washington naval Arms Limitation Treaty.|
Built by the New York Shipbuilding Co., Camden, N.J.
Launched Jan. 23, 1929
Commissioned Dec. 11, 1929
Sponsor, Miss Helen Budge of SLC, Utah
Maiden voyage Feb. 10, 1930 to Mar. 31, 1930. Countries visited included: Cuba, Virgin Islands, Argentina, and Brazil.
Review & Flag Ship for President Hoover on May 20, 1930, for the Fleet Review off the Virginia Capes.
Numerous honors were won by the Ship through the 30's in gunnery, athletics, and boat racing.
Served continuously since the outbreak of the war in the Pacific Areas.
Duties carried her from the Artic to the Antipodes, from the west coast to Japan's own waters.
During the war to Date she has:
(a) Steamed 250,909 miles
(b) Fired 21,473 shells of 8 Inch ammunition or 5,582,980 pounds
Fired 25,592 shells of 5 Inch ammunition or 2,600,000 pounds
(40 MM & 20 MM uncounted)
(c) Consumed 30,106,959 gallons fuel oil
War Record-Star Operations Participated in:
(a) Pacific Raids, 1942
Marshall-Gilbert Raids (Wotje) Feb. 1, 1942
Wake island Raid, Feb. 24, 1942
Marcus island Raid, Mar. 4, 1942
(b) Guadalcanal-Tulagi Landings, Aug. 7-9, 1942
(c) Capture & Defense of Guadalcanal, Aug. 10 - Oct. 13, 1942
(d) Cape Esperance (Second Salvo), Oct. 11-12, 1942
(e) Aleutians Operation
Komandorski Islands, March 26, 1943
Attu Occupation, May 11 - June 2, 1943
(f) Gilbert Islands Operation, Nov. 13 - Dec. 8, 1943
Combarded Betio Island during the assault & capture of Tarawa
(g) Marshall Islands Operation, Nov. 26, 1943 - Mar. 2, 1944
Neutralization Force. Conducted eight distinct bombardments of Wotje & one bombardment of Taroa.
(h) Asiatic-Pacific Raids, 1944
Palau, Yap, Ulithi, Woleai Raid, Mar. 30 - Apr. 1, 1944
(i) Philippine Liberation
Second Battle of the Philippine Sea, Oct. 23-26, 1944
(j) Iwo Jima Operation, Feb. 16 - Mar. 12, 1945
(k) Okinawa Gunto Occupation, Mar. 28 - May 27, 1945
(a) Bombardments of Islands...40
(b) Enemy aircraft downed...12
(c) Auxiliary Naval & Merchant ships sunk...11
(d) Warships sunk...4
Decoration & Citations:
(a) Navy Cross...4
(b) Silver Star Medal...8
(c) Distinguished Flying Cross...1
(d) Air Medal...1
(e) Purple Heart...54
(f) Letters of Commendation...11
(a) Killed in action...9
(b) Wounded in action...44
(c) Missing in action...1
Outstanding Performance While in Actual Contact with the Enemy
(a) Battle of Cape Esperance, Oct. 11-12, 1942
SLC interposed herself between the crippled BOISE and took the enemy under heavy accurate fire.
(b) Battle of Komandorski island, Mar. 26, 1943
SLC engaged a vastly superior Japanese surface force & damaged several cruisers & destroyers.
(c) At Iwo Jima & Okinawa, Feb. through May 1945
outstanding both as to the amount of fire delivered and its effectiveness on the targets.
Outstanding Performance while not in Actual Contact with the Enemy
Salt Lake City was a unit of the task group that carried the "Doolittle" raid into Japanese waters.
Participated in the American Occupation of Ominato, Aomori, Hokadate, & Otaru, Japan.
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