USS New Mexico (BB 40)
Battleship of the New Mexico class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||New York Navy Yard (New York, New York, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||14 Oct 1915|
|Launched||13 Apr 1917|
|Commissioned||20 May 1918|
|End service||19 Jul 1946|
Decommissioned 19 July 1946.
Commands listed for USS New Mexico (BB 40)
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|1||Capt. Cortlandt Chesterfield Baughman, USN||1939||Jan 1941|
|2||Capt. Walter Elliott Brown, USN||Jan 1941||16 Sep 1942|
|3||Capt. Oliver Lee Downes, USN||16 Sep 1942||9 Sep 1943|
|4||Capt. Ellis Mark Zacharias, USN||9 Sep 1943||14 Sep 1944|
|5||Capt. Robert Walton Fleming, USN||14 Sep 1944||6 Jan 1945 (+)|
|6||T/Capt. John Thompson Warren, USN||6 Jan 1945||9 Feb 1945|
|7||T/Capt. John Meade Haines, USN||9 Feb 1945||15 Nov 1945|
|8||T/Cdr. Arnold Houghton Newcomb, USN||15 Nov 1945||19 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.