7 Warships Bristle Along Waterfront
by Larry Smyth, Portland, OR.
With seven fighting ships already in the harbor and two more at sea en
route here, Portland's waterfront is taking on the appearance of a navy
port such as it has not been since before Pearl Harbor.
At Terminal No. 1 is the U.S.S. Salt lake City, a heavy cruiser
last seen in Portland in 1938. She is a different looking ship now with
all her anti-aircraft batteries added after the war started.
Green water roared over the deck and into the anti-aircraft gun turrets,
which are about 18 feet above the waterline. Men in the turrets were
waist deep in water.
Another account of the "storms" the SLC confronted
Portland, OR. Tuesday, October 23, 1945
Has Rough trip Into Columbia River
Veterans of the famous Bering Sea Komandorskie battle, and of the
softening-up of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, the heavy cruiser
Salt Lake City docked Monday at 4 p.m. at terminal No. 1 bearing a
crew of some 900 and about 500 high-point men from Okinawa due to discharge.
Relatives Greet Crewmen at Pier
The heavy Cruiser Salt Lake City, which docked late Monday afternoon in
Portland at Terminal No. 1, bore several men from this area.
Robert Swainson, 18, petty
officer second class, was met by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Swain Swainson,
of 1715 S.E. Salmon St., his sister, Donna, and his brother, 14 year old
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