Allied Warships

USS New Mexico (BB 40)

Battleship of the New Mexico class

USS New Mexico late 1942.

NavyThe US Navy
ClassNew Mexico 
PennantBB 40 
Built byNew York Navy Yard (New York, New York, U.S.A.) 
Laid down14 Oct 1915 
Launched13 Apr 1917 
Commissioned20 May 1918 
End service19 Jul 1946 

Decommissioned 19 July 1946.
Stricken 25 February 1947.
Sold 13 October 1947.
Scrapped at Newark starting in November 1947.


Commands listed for USS New Mexico (BB 40)

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1Capt. Cortlandt Chesterfield Baughman, USN1939Jan 1941
2Capt. Walter Elliott Brown, USNJan 194116 Sep 1942
3Capt. Oliver Lee Downes, USN16 Sep 19429 Sep 1943
4Capt. Ellis Mark Zacharias, USN9 Sep 194314 Sep 1944
5Capt. Robert Walton Fleming, USN14 Sep 19446 Jan 1945 (+)
6T/Capt. John Thompson Warren, USN6 Jan 19459 Feb 1945
7T/Capt. John Meade Haines, USN9 Feb 194515 Nov 1945
8T/Cdr. Arnold Houghton Newcomb, USN15 Nov 194519 Jul 1946

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Notable events involving New Mexico include:

6 Jan 1945
Hit by Kamikaze 30 killed amongst those who died was the Commanding officer Fleming and LT General Herbert Lumsden and the Times mag correspondent William Henry Chickering. Also 87 were wounded and the Executive officer Commander John Thompson Warren assumed command.

12 May 1945
On this date USS New Mexico was hit by two Japanese kamikaze aircraft and damaged, 55 were killed with 3 missing and 119 more were wounded.

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