San Francisco file photo [1764]

USS San Francisco

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassNew Orleans-class Heavy Cruiser
BuilderMare Island Navy Yard

Contributor:

ww2dbaseSan Francisco had her shakedown cruise from Hawaii to Canada then Panama. For the next four years she served on the west coast of the United States before sailing to the Caribbean for Fleet Problem XX. When Germany invaded Poland in Sep 1939, she made patrols in western Atlantic and Caribbean. She returned to Pearl Harbor for overhaul, where she was present during the Japanese attack on 7 Dec 1941, providing limited anti-aircraft support. After participating in the abortive mission to relieve Wake, she set sail for South Pacific to raid Japanese bases. She supported the American invasion of Guadalcanal and Tulagi in Aug 1942 and remained in the theater where she participated in the Battle of Cape Esperance and the First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. During the latter battle she was severely damaged by gunfire and required extensive repairs. After some time in the shipyard, she took part in the recovery of Attu and Kiska in mid-1943, then raided Wake and the Marshalls while participating in the capture of Gilbert Islands in the last few months of 1943. In early 1944 she supported the invasion of the Marshalls. She continued to support the American effort to fight across central and western Pacific toward Japan.

ww2dbaseAfter the end of the war, San Francisco operated off China and Korea. She returned to the United States in Dec 1945 and was decommissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in Feb 1946.

ww2dbaseSource: Naval Historical Center.

Heavy Cruiser USS San Francisco Interactive Map

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San Francisco off San Pedro, California, 22 Apr 1935Rear Admiral Husband Kimmel, commanding officer of US Navy Cruiser Division Seven, probably on board his flagship USS San Francisco, circa 1939San Francisco in a South American port, with US Navy Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel and a South American officer onboard for tours, 1939; note SOC-1 aircraft in hangarSan Francisco in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Apr 1939
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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Anonymous says:
31 Mar 2009 10:43:03 AM

my grandpa served on the USS SAN FRANCISCO
2. Cindy Roll says:
9 Sep 2013 01:47:23 PM

My father served on the USS SAN FRANCISCO DURING WWII.His name was Joseph Arthur Wallace Jr, in the south pacific. Looking for his military records, born in 1922, Wayne county Missouri.
3. Mike Wallace says:
7 Aug 2014 09:32:58 AM

My father Lt John George Wallace USNA class of 1942 served on the USS San Francisco from early 1942 until 1944. During the first Naval Battle of Guadalcanal he won a Navy Cross and A Purple Heart for pulling wounded men out of the fires in the after Gun Mount.
4. Don Carner says:
7 Mar 2016 04:34:46 PM

My Dad, RM3, Robert A Carner reported aboard at Mare Island in 1943. Served aboard until 1946. Survived Typhoon COBRA, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, (Buckner Bay), Jinsen and a host of others. Dad earned 5 battle stars for his service on CA-38.
5. Linda Smith says:
23 Nov 2016 06:58:52 PM

Looking for any information about my uncle, Carl Eric Holmquist, injured on board the USS San Francisco during the Guadalcanal battle. He went by Eric. As niece, I cannot get access to his military records, and he had no children. Does anyone know if that rule can be bypassed? THX.
6. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
23 Nov 2016 07:46:37 PM

Linda Smith (above):
Chief Machinist Carl Eric Holmquist, service number 238 33 41, appears in the USS San Francisco Muster Rolls as late as Sep 1942 but there is no mention of him being treated for injuries or transferred to a Hospital ship (not unusual, Muster Rolls are not the place for information about injuries).
If you want to request his service records, go ahead. For veterans discharged before 1953, their service records are public records and can be requested by anyone. See: https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records

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Personnel:
» Callahan, Daniel

Event(s) Participated:
» Attack on Pearl Harbor
» Guadalcanal Campaign
» Gilbert Islands Campaign
» Marshall Islands Campaign
» Typhoon Cobra
» Raid into the South China Sea
» Okinawa Campaign

Document(s):
» US Navy Report of Japanese Raid on Pearl Harbor, Enclosure E, USS San Francisco

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San Francisco off San Pedro, California, 22 Apr 1935
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