U.S.S. Wilkes Barre

U.S.S. Wilkes Barre (HMCBA)

Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711 Luzerne County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 15.061', W 75° 52.792'

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These anchors and bell are preserved here as a memorial to a valiant ship, the U.S.S. Wilkes-Barre. CL 103 was a 10,000-ton Cleveland Class Cruiser, launched December 24, 1943, commissioned July 1, 1944, and attached to the Pacific Fleet, Cruiser Division Seventeen.

Becoming a part of Task Force 18, Third Fleet, the cruiser took part in bombardments against the enemy at French Indo-China, China, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Japan. During the Okinawa Campaign, the U.S.S. Wilkes-Barre aided the stricken carrier U.S.S. Bunker Hill and gained credit for saving the carrier.

The U.S.S. Wilkes-Barre received word of the enemy surrender, while off Hokkaido and entered Tokyo Bay to cover the landing of American Troops.

The U.S.S. Wilkes-Barre was decommissioned on October 9, 1947.

This monument was erected in 1971 under the auspices of Mr. Oscar Weissman and the N.E. Pennsylvania Council of the Navy League of the United States.
Year Placed1971
Placed ByN.E. Pennsylvania Council of the Navy League of the United States
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Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 11:16pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 426282 N 4566996
Decimal Degrees41.25101667, -75.87986667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 15.061', W 75° 52.792'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 15' 3.66" N, 75° 52' 47.52" W
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Area Code(s)570
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 128-158 N River St, Wilkes-Barre PA 18711, US
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