USS San Diego Memorial

USS San Diego Memorial (HMZ8E)

Location: San Diego, CA 92132 San Diego County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 42.742', W 117° 10.385'

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USS San Diego (CL-53)
Light Cruiser
Crew: 756 Officers and Men

Battle Record
Guadalcanal to Tokyo Bay 1942 to 1945

34 Enemy Engagements - 18 Battle Stars
Steamed 312,000 NM
Second most decorated ship in World War II,
Never lost a man to enemy action

First major Allied warship into
Tokyo Bay at war's end, August 1945

Major Campaigns
*Guadalcanal, *Truk, *Leyte Operation,*Buin-Faisi-Tonolai, *Marianas, Okinawa,*Santa Cruz Islands, Bonins, Formosa,*Third Savo, Saipan, Luzon,*Rennel Island, Guam, Visayas,*New Georgia-Rendova, Philippine Sea, *Luzon Operation*Bougainville, *Tinian, Luzon, Buka Bonis, *Western Carolines, Formosa, Rabaul, So. Palau Islands, China Coast,*Gilbert Islands, Philippine Islands, Nansei Shoto,*Marshall Islands, *Iwo Jima, Kwajalein-Majuro, *Okinawa, Jaluit Atoll, Japan

Built by Bethlehem Steel, Quincy, Massachusetts
Launched 26 July 1941
Christened by Mrs. Grace Benbough, wife of Mayor of San Diego

Commissioned 10 January 1942, Boston Navy Yard

Length 542 feet, Beam 53 feet, Displacement 7500 tons.
Main armament 16 5-inch guns in 8 twin mounts

Decommissioned 4 November 1946

Panels 2 and 3:
Commanding Officers
Captain Benjamin F. Perry, USN
January 1942 - March 1943
Captain Lester J. Hudson, USN
March 1943 - March 1944
Captain William E. Mullan, USN
March 1944 - December 1945

Executive Officers
Commander Timothy J. O'Brien USN
January 1942 - May 1943
Commander John J. Lewis USN
May 1943 - November 1943
Commander Brooke Schumm USN
November 1943 - August 1945
Commander George F. Pittard USN
August 1945 - December 1945

Panels 4 and 5:
Flag Officers
Rear Admiral John D. Wilstie, USN,
Commander Cruiser Division 11
Rear Admiral Oscar M. Badger, USN,
Commander Task Force 31

"You have written your names in the golden pages of history and won the undying gratitude of your countrymen," Vice Admiral William F. Halsey, USN, Commander, South Pacific - 17 November 1942, after victory in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal

Panel 6:
Hundreds of thousands of sailors went to sea and fought in World War II, perhaps the most singular unifying event in the history of the United States. These young Americans set aside their individual hopes and aspirations, left families, homes and jobs in a collective sacrifice to defend their country and their common ideals. The men of the USS San Diego (CL-53) remembered here are emblematic of all who fought for victory in the epic struggle.
[Artists: Eugene L. Daub and Louis T. Quaintance.]
HM NumberHMZ8E
Year Placed2004
Placed ByUSS San Diego (CL-53) Memorial Association, Inc
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 3:59pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 483779 N 3619413
Decimal Degrees32.71236667, -117.17308333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 42.742', W 117° 10.385'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 42' 44.52" N, 117° 10' 23.10" W
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Area Code(s)619, 858
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 750 N Harbor Dr, San Diego CA 92132, US
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