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USS Los Angeles (CA 135)

- decommissioned -

USS LOS ANGELES was a BALTIMORE - class heavy cruiser and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name. Stricken from the Navy list on January 1, 1974, the ship was sold for scrapping on June 1, 1975.

General Characteristics:Awarded: 1942
Keel laid: July 28, 1943
Launched: August 20, 1944
Commissioned: July 22, 1945
Decommissioned: April 9, 1948
Recommissioned: January 27, 1951
Decommissioned: November 15, 1963
Builder: Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, Penn.
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: none
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, 14 3-inch (7.6 cm)/50 caliber guns, three Regulus I missiles
Crew: 59 officers and 1083 enlisted

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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS LOS ANGELES. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.

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Accidents aboard USS LOS ANGELES:

May 30, 1946off Shanghai, ChinaUSS LOS ANGELES and the USS ESTES (AGC 12) collide at sea but both ships only suffer minor damage.

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USS LOS ANGELES was laid down by the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pa., 28 July 1943; launched 20 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Fletcher Bowron; and commissioned 22 July 1945, Capt. John A. Snackenberg in command.

After shakedown out of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, LOS ANGELES sailed 15 October for the Far East via the west coast and arrived Shanghai, China, 3 January 1946. During the next year she operated with the 7th Fleet along the coast of China and in the western Pacific to the Marianas. She returned to San Francisco, Calif., 21 January 1947; decommissioned at Hunter’s Point 9 April 1948; and entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet.

LOS ANGELES recommissioned 27 January 1951, Capt. Robert N. McFarlane in command. In response to the American effort to thwart Communist aggression in the Republic of South Korea, she sailed for the Far East 14 May and joined naval operations off the eastern coast of Korea 31 May as flagship for Rear Adm. Arleigh A. Burke’s CRUDIV 5. During the next 6 months she ranged the coastal waters of the Korean Peninsula from Hungnam in the east to Haeju in the west while her guns pounded enemy coastal positions. After returning to the United States 17 December for overhaul and training, she made her second deployment to Korean waters 9 October 1952 and participated 11 October in a concentrated shelling of enemy bunkers and observation points at Koji-ni. During the next few months, she continued to provide off shore gunfire support for American ground operations, and in addition she cruised the Sea of Japan with fast carriers of the 7th Fleet. While participating in the bombardment of Wonsan late in March and early in April 1953, she received minor damage from enemy shore batteries, but continued operations until sailing for the west coast in mid-April. She arrived Long Beach 15 May.

Between November 1953 and June 1963 LOS ANGELES made eight more deployments to the Far East where she served as a cruiser division flagship with the 7th Fleet in support of “keeping the peace” operations in that troubled part of the world. Her operations sent her from the coast of Japan to the Sea of Japan, the Yellow Sea, and the East and South China Seas; and with units of the mighty 7th Fleet she steamed to American bases in the Philippines and Okinawa, as well as to Allied bases in South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, and Formosa. During the Quemoy-Matsu crisis in 1956, she patrolled the Formosa Strait to help protect Formosa from possible invasion from Communist China.

LOS ANGELES was modernized during the later 1950s, receiving the capability to launch "Regulus" surface-to-surface guided missiles, and in early 1960s to better fit her for flagship service with a heavier foremast and long-range radar.

When not deployed in the western Pacific, LOS ANGELES operated out of Long Beach along the west coast and in the Pacific to the Hawaiian Islands. She returned to Long Beach from her final Far East deployment 20 June 1963. She decommissioned at Long Beach 15 November 1963 and entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet at San Diego, where she remained until May 1975, when she was sold for scrapping.

LOS ANGELES received five battle stars for service during the Korean conflict.

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