USS SALT LAKE CITY CA25
Navy Day
Astoria, Oregon
October 27, 1945
FLAGBAR 501x15

Captain John Connor, U.S.N. ball-red-02 Deceased
Commanding Officer

Commander R. G. Ganahl, U.S.N.
Executive Officer

Ship's Characteristics
Length 585 Feet, 6 Inches
Beam 63 Feet, 11 1/2 Inches
Displacement 10,000 Tons
Draft 17 Feet, 6 Inches
Armament Ten Eight Inch, 55 Caliber Guns
Eight Five Inch, 25 Caliber Guns
Twenty Four 40 MM Dual Purpose Guns
Twenty 20 MM Guns
Aircraft Two Scout Observation Planes

Personnel: Officers 90
Enlisted Men 1100
Speed 32.5 Knots

Historical Background

First of eight cruisers constructed under the Washington Naval Arms Limitation Treaty.
Built by the New York Shipbuilding Company, Camden, N.J.
Launched 23 January 1929
Commissioned 11 December 1929
Sponsor, Miss Helen Budge of Salt Lake City, Utah
Maiden voyage 10 February 1930 to 31 March 1930. Countries visited included
Cuba, Virgin Islands, Argentina, and Brazil.
Review and Flag Ship for President Herbert Hoover on 20 May 1930, for the Fleet Review off the Virginia Capes.
Numerous honors were won by the Ship throughout 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 1,600,000 pounds
(40 MM and 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) 1 February 1942
Wake Island Raid, 24 February 1942
Marcus Island Raid, 4 March 1942
(b) Guadalcanal-Tulagi Landings, 7-9 August 1942
(c) Capture and Defense of Guadalcanal, 10 August-13 October 1942
(d) Cape Esperance (Second Salvo), 11-12 October 1942
(e) Aleutians Operation
Komandorski Islands, 26 March 1943
Attu Occupation, 11 May-June 1943
(f) Gilbert Islands Operation, 13 November-8 December 1943
Bombarded Betio Island during the assault and capture of Tarawa
(g) Marshall Islands Operation, 26 November 1943-2 March 1944
Neutralization Force.
Conducted eight district bombardments of Wotje and one bombardment of Taroa.
(h) Asiatic-Pacific Raids, 1944
Palau, Yap, Ulithi, Woleai Raid, 30 March-1 April 1944
(i) Philippine Liberation
Second Battle of the Philippine Sea, 23-26 October 1944
(j) Iwo Jima Operation, 16 February-12 March 1945
(k) Okinawa Gunto Occupation, 28 March-27 May 1945

Combat Score:
(a) Bombardments of Islands 40
(b) Enemy aircraft downed 12
(c) Auxiliary Naval and Merchant ships sunk 11
(d) Warships sunk 4

Decoration and Citations:
(a) Navy Cross 4
(b) Silver Star Medal 1
(c) Distinguished Flying Cross 1
(d) Air Medal 1
(e) Purple Heart 54
(f) Letters of Commendation 11

Casualties Sustained:
(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, 11-12 October 1942
SALT LAKE CITY interposed herself between the crippled BOISE and took the enemy under heavy accurate fire.

(b) Battle off the Komandorski Island, 26 March 1943
SALT LAKE CITY engaged a vastly superior Japanese surface force and damaged several cruisers and destroyers

(c) At Iwo Jima and Okinawa, February through May 1945
Ourstanding 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, and Otaru, Japan.


Source of Information
Leaflet for Navy Day

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Contributed by the family of John F. Sciullo
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