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USS OREGON CITY was the lead ship of the OREGON CITY - class of heavy cruisers and the first ship in the Navy to bear the name. Decommissioned after less than two years of service on December 15, 1947, the OREGON CITY was stricken from the Navy list in November 1970 and was sold for scrapping three years later.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: 1942|
|Keel laid: April 8, 1944|
|Launched: June 9, 1945|
|Commissioned: February 16, 1946|
|Decommissioned: December 15, 1947|
|Builder: Bethlehem Steel, Quincy, Mass.|
|Propulsion system: geared turbines; 120,000 shaft horsepower|
|Length: 673.5 feet (205.3 meters)|
|Beam: 70.9 feet (21.6 meters)|
|Draft: 24 feet (7.3 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 17,000 tons full load|
|Speed: 33 knots|
|Aircraft: four seaplanes|
|Armament: nine 8-inch (20.3cm)/55 caliber guns from three triple mounts, twelve 5-inch (12.7cm)/38 caliber guns from six twin mounts, 48 40mm guns, 20 20mm guns|
|Crew: 59 officers and 1083 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS OREGON CITY. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
History of USS OREGON CITY:
USS OREGON CITY was laid down 8 April 1944 by Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, Mass.; launched 9 June 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Raymond P. Canfield, wife of the City Commissioner of Oregon City; and commissioned 16 February 1946, Capt. Burnett K. Culver in command.
OREGON CITY departed Boston 31 March 1946 for shakedown out of Guantanamo Bay, then returned to Boston in mid-May.
OREGON CITY became flagship of the 4th Fleet 3 July and the following month began dockside training of reservists in Philadelphia. From 6 to 19 October she made a post-war Reserve Training Cruise, to Bermuda, then sailed to Boston and remained until the following March with a somewhat reduced complement. Reassigned to the 2nd Fleet in January 1947, OREGON CITY’s crew had returned to full strength by the time she sailed for Guantanamo Bay 30 March. After three weeks of exercises she returned to Boston, not sailing again until 6 June. She embarked midshipmen at Annapolis on the 21st, then sailed for the Canal Zone and the Caribbean on an annual summer training cruise.
OREGON CITY debarked her midshipmen at Norfolk in mid-August and sailed for Philadelphia and deactivation. She decommissioned 15 December 1947 and was laid up as part of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet for nearly twenty-three years. The ship was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register in November 1970 and sold for scrapping in August 1973.
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