Allied Warships

USS San Diego (CL 53)

Anti-aircraft cruiser of the Atlanta class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeAnti-aircraft cruiser
PennantCL 53 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered25 Apr 1939 
Laid down27 Mar 1940 
Launched26 Jul 1941 
Commissioned10 Jan 1942 
End service4 Nov 1946 

Decommissioned 4 November 1946.
Stricken 1 March 1959.
Sold 3 February 1960 and scrapped at Seattle in December 1960.


Commands listed for USS San Diego (CL 53)

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1Benjamin Franklin Perry, USN10 Jan 194219 Mar 1943
2Lester Jay Hudson, USN19 Mar 194313 Jul 1944
3William Evans Anthony Mullen, USN13 Jul 194422 Dec 1945
4Capt. Donald James Ramsey, USN22 Dec 1945Jan 1946
5George Franklin Pittard, USNJan 194611 Apr 1946

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Notable events involving San Diego include:

8 Oct 1944
USS Iowa (Capt. A.R. McCann, USN) fuelled the light cruiser USS San Diego (Capt. W.E.A. Mulen, USN) and two destroyers, USS Yarnall (Cdr. J.H. Hogg, USN) and USS Benham (Cdr. F.S. Keeler, USN).

Thereafter Iowa herself fuelled from the USS Neches (Cdr. H.G. Hansen, USN).

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