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USS Louisville

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassNorthampton-class Heavy Cruiser
BuilderPuget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, United States
Laid Down4 Jul 1929
Launched1 Sep 1930
Commissioned15 Jan 1931
Decommissioned17 Jun 1946
Displacement9050 tons standard
Length600 feet
Beam66 feet
Draft16 feet
Speed32 knots
Crew621
Armament9x8in, 4x5in, 6x21in torpedo tubes

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ww2dbaseLouisville was originally classified as a light cruiser, but in accordance to the London Naval Treaty of 1930 she was reclassified as a heavy cruiser during her shakedown cruise, which took her from the Pacific to New York City through the Panama Canal. Before WW2, she operated in a variety of missions, including participation in fleet problems, training in anti-aircraft gunnery, and visiting foreign ports in Latin America, South Pacific, and Australia. When the European War began in Sep 1939, she was on a cruise in South America. While in Brazil, she was diverted to South Africa to pick up British gold worth US$148 million for transportation to New York City, United States; she was given this duty because a British ship traveling across the Atlantic Ocean would risk attacks from German submarines and put the valuable cargo at risk. An American ship, however, would be protected by her mother country's neutrality.

ww2dbaseWhen the United States officially entered the war in Dec 1941, Louisville was on an escorting mission from the Caribbean Sea to Hawaii. In Feb and Mar 1942, she escorted carriers when they raided Japanese bases in Gilbert, Marshall, and Solomon Islands areas. She spent some time in the Aleutian Islands area before being sent back to South Pacific for the closing stages of the Guadalcanal Campaign. On 29 Jan 1943, she participated in the Battle of Rennell Island, where she was hit by a dud torpedo and after the battle towed cruiser Chicago until tug Navajo took over the job. In Apr 1943, she returned to the Aleutian Islands as a part of Task Force 16. In the North Pacific, she covered the assault and occupation of Attu Island from 11 to 30 May and then the pre-invasion bombardment of Kiska in Aug 1943.

ww2dbaseAfter the overhaul, Louisville was tasked with providing pre-landing naval gunfire support at Wotje, Kwajalein and Eniwetok atolls in the Marshall Islands between Jan and Feb 1944, while flying the flag of Rear Admiral Jesse Oldendorf. She escorted carriers during Central Pacific raids in Mar 1944 and bombarded Japanese positions Truk and Sawatan in Apr 1944. In Jun and Jul, she bombarded Saipan, Tinian, and Guam. After the Mariana Islands action, she retired to the rear area until mid-Sep. In Sep and Oct, she bombarded Peleliu and Leyte, respectively. In the night of 24 to 25 Oct, she participated in the Battle of the Surigao Strait where the large surface action resulted in heavy losses for the Japanese Navy. After the Leyte actions, she rejoined the fast carriers as a part of Task Force 38, and attacked Japanese positions on the shores of Luzon. On 5 and 6 Jan 1945, Louisville was struck by two Kamikaze special attack aircraft while supporting American operations in the Philippine Islands. She remained in the area briefly to complete her shore bombardment mission, and then was withdrawn to Mare Island Navy Yard in the United States for permanent repairs. She returned to the war in May 1945 with Task Force 54 to provide naval gunfire support during the Okinawa Campaign, where she was once again hit by a suicide aircraft on 5 Jun; after temporary repairs, she was back on the firing line by 9 Jun, but departed for Pearl Harbor for permanent repairs a week later. She was at Pearl Harbor when the war ended.

ww2dbaseLouisville left Pearl Harbor on 15 Aug 1945 and headed back for post-war operations. She supervised the rescue of Allied POWs in Manchuria and then witnessed the surrender of Japanese vessels by Vice Admiral Kaneko in Tsingtao. She remained off the Chinese coast until Oct 1945. Louisville was decommissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in the United States in Jun 1946. She was sold to the Marlene Blouse Corporation of New York for scrap on 14 Sep 1959.

ww2dbaseSources: Naval Historical Center, Wikipedia.

Heavy Cruiser USS Louisville Interactive Map

USS Louisville Operational Timeline

15 Jan 1931 Louisville was commissioned into service.
6 Jan 1945 US Navy Rear Admiral Theodore Chandler was killed, along with the ship's captain, after being drenched in flaming gasoline when the cruiser USS Louisville was struck by a Japanese kamikaze special attack during the pre-assault bombardment at Lingayen Gulf in the Philippine Islands.
17 Jun 1946 Louisville was decommissioned from service.

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Louisville in the early 1930sChicago, Louisville, Salt Lake City, and Northampton turning in formation with three other Scouting Force heavy cruisers to create a slick for landing seaplanes, off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 31 Jan 1933Louisville steaming past Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, New York City, United States, 1934Louisville at Memorial Day ceremonies, New York City, 31 May 1934
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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Ronald Dozier says:
6 May 2008 07:52:13 PM

I appreciate this piece because a friend of mine served as helmsman on the Louisville under Admiral Odlendorf.
I believe the article is in error at the end of paragraph two. Attu and Kiska are in the Aleutians rather than the North Atlantic.
2. Darell Lewis says:
9 Oct 2008 09:47:52 PM

My father served on this ship in the pacific theater in world war two. He was a petty officer, first class, gunners mate. The good LORD took him on November 27, 1982. Thanks to him and many others we live in a free country! Let us not forget the sacrifices these veterans made so that we can live the life we now live. GOD BLESS THESE VETERANS AND OUR GREAT COUNTRY!
3. Anonymous says:
27 Nov 2008 09:57:26 PM

My grandmothers partner/bf served on the USS Louisville during WWII. He was telling me about it tonight. Told me about the Kamikaze attacks hitting the turret and then the bridge. Im sure he knew the above mentioned sailors. Thank you for their duty.
4. Anonymous says:
6 Feb 2009 04:01:04 PM

John Tucker, Waynesboro, Virginia, was in the engine room of the Louisville for most of the Pacific duty. I will present him with a Louisville cap on the 18th of Feb at the nursing home where he now lives. He is a good man and I honor and respect him.
5. Anonymous says:
13 May 2009 03:40:30 PM

My uncle LaVerne "Louie" was aboard the USS Louisville when it was attacked by the kamikaze planes. He said they had to go to shore for 4 days while they fixed the turret. He has a book called Man Of War, with a lot of pictures and details of the USS Louisville. God bless our soldiers for the frightening, demanding lives they live, all for the service to our country. Without them, we would have nothing. My uncle turned 90 April 2, 2009 and his mind is still as sharp as a tack. He remembers everything and everyone on the USS Louisville, and even explained to me what all the switches were to run the ship. An amazing man from an amazing era. The world needs more like him.
6. Daughter of Marty Martinson says:
2 Jul 2009 03:36:43 PM

My Dad, who died when I was a child, was a gunner's mate on the Louisville. I am so very proud of him.
7. Anonymous says:
3 Dec 2009 10:29:48 PM

My grandfather Walt Evans served aboard the Louisville from 1937 thru 1945. The January '45 Kamikaze attack and resulting repairs at Mare Island (near San Francisco) allowed my aunt to be conceived. He passed away on Thanksgiving day 2001. I miss him.
8. Proud Grandson says:
27 Dec 2009 06:03:04 PM

There is so many unwritten stories about this ship and its crew surrounding the events in the pacific.... I fear that one day they will be forgotten... These men fought for our very existence as Americans. They seen things things in there 20's that most 20 year old American men today can not imagine..... My wish and hope is that there story is told before it is forgotten. The events of of the Louisville in the pacific will be pasted down to my sons and grandson..but what about the rest America.

Matthew Hensley, Grandson of 2nd class petty officer Robert L Stephens
9. cathy says:
31 Mar 2010 04:37:02 PM

My dad, Billy Farmer served during WWII on the USS Louisville (C28). He worked in the radar area. He would tell us stories of the War. He has passed on now. My grandson is now studing about WWII. I have some of Dad's things from the war that he can share with his classmates. I am proud of all those that served in the war and of all of you that want to keep all your memories alive of your love one that served during the wars.
10. Jeff Limon says:
27 Apr 2010 06:55:01 PM

I believe that man named Steve Ligurtsky was on the USS Louisville. He was to marry my aunt Mercedes in the early 1940s. She died of tuberculosis while Steve was away. Steve came looking for when he was on shore leave around 1942. He was upset in that no one told him of the death of his fiancée. He asked my dad "Why didn't you tell me?". My dad told him that he sent a letter, but the letter apparently never reached Steve, given that he was out there in the South Pacific.

Steve returned to his post on the Louisville, and was killed a few months later as a result of a kamikaze attack.

Sincerely

Jeff Limón
11. Allen Robertson says:
2 May 2010 05:13:34 PM

My dad, E.O. Robertson was a gunner's mate aboard the Louisville. It was his turret that was hit. He passed away in 2005. Thank God these men were willing to fight for our freedom. God bless them all.
12. William Hunt says:
27 May 2010 01:28:50 PM

My older brother, John A. Hunt, served on the Louisville he was aboard before Pearl Harbor and was still aboard at the end of the war. I am grateful for the detail given in this article.
13. Darlene Loebig says:
6 Sep 2010 03:31:34 PM

My dad, John Condit, was a gunner's mate aboard the Louisville. He stayed in the Navy after the war. We are very proud of him as well as grateful to all who served.
14. Becky (Vowell) Taylor says:
1 Dec 2010 09:24:25 AM

My grandfather Rex O. Vowell served on the USS Louiville from (I believe) 1942-1945. He passed away this week. November 27, 2010.
15. Len says:
22 Jan 2011 06:37:55 PM

My father served aboard USS Louisville from March 1942, through the end of the war. He told me about the Kamikaze that hit the bridge killing 50 sailors. Admiral Chandler died the next day from wounds. I have pieces of the kamikaze that my dad picked up off the deck that day...
16. Scott Allen says:
25 Jan 2011 07:23:12 PM

My uncle, Thomas Allen, from Cleveland, Ohio was a machinist mate aboard the USS LOUISVILLE during WWII. He was aboard for all South Pacific action. He wasn't a real big guy but he was tough and during one of the attacks he helped save a shipmate that was on fire from being soaked in fuel. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He returned to Cleveland after the war and married. He worked as a pattern maker the rest of his life. He retired in 1980 and passed away 13 April,2002.
17. Paul A. Franz says:
1 Feb 2011 02:09:38 PM

I served aboard the USS Louisville During WWII and have read some of the comments from relatives of shipmates that I served with. Two that I remember very well, S.D. Martinson and John Condit were in the 4th Div. with me.
18. Bill Verbano says:
30 Mar 2011 06:50:01 AM

My dad, who will be 87 this coming 4th of July, served on Louisville from 43 to the end. He has a copy of a poem someone wrote about Louisville during the night battle at Surigao Strait. Aside from his family, serving on Louisville was something he is most proud of.
19. Darla Williams says:
11 May 2011 10:36:15 AM

My father in law, James D. Williams was on the USS Louisville from 41 to 45. He was a Store Keeper. He never spoke of the war. After he passed I found all his Navy items, 2 journals of his daily life happenings on the Louie. The crew of this ship are truely all HEROS. I salute them all. I have the Man of War book and the medal given the ship for delivering the gold to New York in preparing for the war. Michael Harsche living in Bremerton also served and wrote a book on the Louie. I praise all the fine men of the USS LOUISVILLE. They are truly America's Hero's.
Thank you.
20. Diane Dowdell says:
22 May 2011 01:15:54 AM

My father, Lester Dowdell, was a Machinist's Mate (MMI) aboard the USS Louisville from 1943 until after the end of WWII. He often told of the night the Louisville towed the Chicago all night at a slow speed under kamikaze fire. Until he passed away in March 2002, he always said he'd never forget the sound that the kamikazes made. He also served in the boiler rooms on the USS Saratoga, the USS Midway, the USS Lexington, and the USS Oriskany. 20 years active duty. I miss him every day.
21. C. Beckner says:
31 May 2011 05:39:35 AM

My dad, William C. Beckner, was an FC 2/c on the USS Louisville in the Pacific theater and received a letter of commendation from Vice Admiral Oldendorf. He passed when I was only four, but I found the letter and other memorabilia packed away for decades after my mother passed.
22. Anonymous says:
2 Oct 2011 07:58:23 AM

My father served on the USS Louisville as a radioman. He would talk about how tense it was when they transported the British gold from South Africa to NYC and how emotional it was when they finally entered NY Harbor and saw the Statue of Liberty. He passed away in 1985.
23. Dianne Yetka says:
27 Jun 2012 02:10:45 PM

My dad, John Yetka, served on the USS Louisville as a boilermaker from 1939 to 1944. He passed on 6-22-12 at age 93. The USS Louisville was one of his greatest sources of pride. A week before his death he was showing a visitor his photo journal: showing the wonderful companionship aboard the ship as well as some of the more auspicious moments (the sinking of the Graf Spee and Good Will Tour of South America). He had so many stories: the rescue of passengers from a capsized ferry in Sydney Harbor, the torpedo that banged around ominously in the hull while they limped back to Pearl and the guys that died when they had to seal off to save the rest of the ship. He greatly respected his shipmates and thought highly of Admiral Leighton for putting the safety of his crew ahead of seeking glory in battles. I am proud of my Dad and proudly call myself a USS Louisville "descendent."
24. Dan Maple says:
23 Sep 2012 08:45:36 PM

Dear Sirs & family,
My Father-in-law was a signal man 1st class on this ship. If any family of other sailors would care to contact me to Honor these men
please do. I could not be more proud to honor their sacrifices for our freedoms. Thank you, Dan
25. Jessica Freeman says:
8 Nov 2012 07:45:56 PM

My Grandad Merle Freeman (Worth Merle Freeman) served on the Louisville in the Marines. He often regales me with stories of his times there and Island hopping. There were a couple men in particular that he talks about, and I'd love to help him reconnect, or at least find out where these men ended up. Thank you in advance.
26. Jessica Freeman says:
8 Nov 2012 07:58:17 PM

For anyone on this page-- My grandfather's sea bag was lost on his trip home, and he often laments that all his pictures of his time in the service were lost with it. If anyone would be willing to share their fathers/grandfathers pictures with us (through scanning), I would be absolutely grateful. My e-mail is jessie.l.freeman25@gmail.com, and you can add me on facebook with jessie.l.freeman@korea.army.mil I'll be surprising him for Veteran's day, but even if you contact me after that, please please do. I would love to give him that type of gift, and I promise you a 93-year-old Marine will cry tears of joy. Thank you so much in advance. Never forget.
27. David Medo says:
9 Nov 2012 09:08:31 PM

My Father was Vincent Medo,served as Chief Petty Officer of the Lousville. He always felt a strong bond with all who served with him. When I read the stories listed on this site, it sounds so familiar to the stories he told me. He passed away in 1986. May our fathers and loved ones always be remembered.
28. Robert Ergenbright II says:
25 Dec 2012 05:29:28 PM

My father, Robert Ergenbright, served on the Louisville from August 16 to November 10, 1945. Previously he had served on the US Dedee. After his suiside, a result of the fear of his Alzhimer desease, I found a map in his effects. It documents every day of his service while on the Louisville from the leaving Pearl Harbor on Augus 16 to his arrival at San Francisco on Nov. 10. Although he never talked about his time spent in World War II, he was always proud of his duty to his country. The posts on this site make me even more proud of his time serving in the South Pacific from 1942 to 1945. He was from Staunton, Virginia.
29. Daniel Holder says:
21 May 2014 01:35:15 PM

If you read this or can provide ANY ITEM or copy or comment for historical record contribution for CA-28, PLS contact me regarding archives I am promoting to grow for the ship at U of Louisville in Louisville, KY. My Dad, John Holder, was also on ship 39-45. There is no other site for this other than Navy archives in Wash DC that most will never see. Contact me at danielbholder@bellsouth.net. This is my personal WWII History project for this ship.
30. Len Balasa Jr. says:
4 Jun 2014 11:47:52 AM

My father served aboard USS Louisville from March 1942 through the end of the war reaching the rate of 2nd class petty officer. He picked fragments of kamikaze that hit the bridge killing 41 sailors. I still have those fragments. Admiral Theodore Chandler died of his wounds the next day along with his orderly, marine Joseph Siegel.
USS Louisville was also hit by two other Kamikazes, one bouncing off the hull and the other hit a turret. Neither of these attacks took any lives or caused any crippling damage. My dad said the paint was a bit scratched.
My grandfather served in WWI and was mustard gassed in France. He spent 20 years in and out of the VA hospital in Chicago . I served in the Navy reserves from Dec 7, 1971 - Aug 12, 1977.
31. Anonymous says:
6 Jun 2014 09:33:48 AM

Thank you Len Balasa Jr for responding and sending the fragment pics. The return address on your email was not a visible email address to me. I replied to that anyway in case it might reach you. Anyone sending me email about the history of this ship, please make sure your email address will be visible to me so that I can reply. If I have not replied to you within a 7-10 days (I might be out of town) PLEASE contact me again. I WILL respond to you! I am interested in getting copies of any and all documents or pics, etc to a logical place for public access, at the Univ of Louisville Archives. Most crew members have already passed away. It is up to the remaining few and their families to make the contribution of whatever they have. Thank you. for your support.
32. Robin Borchers says:
16 Jun 2014 08:08:05 AM

My uncle, James Brackney, served aboard the Louisville throughout WWII. He was a gunner on one of the large guns and narrowly avoided death in the Kamikaze attacks. He has recently shared more remembrances about the war, something he has rarely done. He turned 89 this April. He is still sharp and fairly healthy for being this age. The men who served on that ship were truly all heroes. They endured some horrible things to ensure the liberty we have today!
33. Ronnie Mestas says:
20 Jul 2014 08:43:40 PM

My uncle was KIA during the 5/6 jan45 battle. The Bronze star he was post. said the battle was near Luzon,Is. He was at his battle station when he was killed. He was buried at sea. His name is Richard Gonzales from Dallas, Texas. Anyone knowing of him or a crewmember could you please email me.
34. Janis Herbert says:
1 Aug 2014 06:10:16 PM

Just saw the posting by Paul Franz, saying he knew my father (S.D. Martinson). If you see this, I'd love to hear from you at janis@janisherbertforkids.com
35. Katherine Rankin says:
27 Oct 2014 03:12:43 PM

My father, John "Jack" Parker Rankin served on the Louisville from 1937-1945. I have a book of pictures from his time on the Louisville and my brother has another. He was a storekeeper and bookkeeper. I had heard the ship was in the Philippines when Pearl Harbor was attacked.
36. Jerry Mcmillon. Shipserviceman USS IWO JIMA LPH-2 says:
19 Nov 2014 07:37:48 PM

I collect walking canes. I got one that has a lighter inside head of a bullet. The lighter cartridge comes out and on side of cartridge is picture of the U.S.S.LOUISVILLE. I no serviceman made item out of mettle from ship. Would love too here anyway to connect item to the ship
37. Anonymous says:
28 Jan 2015 10:21:36 PM

My father, Charlie Edward Lemmon S-2 was a new crewman having joined the Lo in November 44. He was a radar man on 6 January 1945 when his gun station was hit by a kamikaze. He was never found and was reported lost at sea the day many of his shipmates were killed I action. God bless the men of the USS Louisville for their sacrifice.
38. Don says:
28 Feb 2015 10:36:39 AM

My father served aboard the Lady Lou --- I would
like to hear what other "descendants" have to say--
My Dad may have been friends with yours! Pretty amazing...
39. Anonymous says:
1 Mar 2015 04:47:32 PM

My father Robert (NMI) Kemp served as a Marine aboard the Louisville, and I would like to hear anything from anyone that knew him. Thank you.
40. Anonymous says:
4 Mar 2015 01:27:38 PM

My uncle Richard Gonzales,from Texas,was a gunners mate on board the Louisville. He was wounded and taken to sick bay on the first day of the two day battle in Leyte. He was KIA at his battle station on the second day by a Kamikaze plane. He was buried at sea. I Like to hear from anyone who might have known him
41. Kari Schuyler-Wright says:
17 Mar 2015 05:35:04 PM

I was told by my father that his brother Duane Schuyler had served on the USS Louisville during WWII. If anyone finds this documentation or veteran that may remember him, I would greatly appreciate any information. He was from Durand Michigan but I do not know what his ranking status. Thank you.
42. Anonymous says:
19 Aug 2015 12:02:56 PM

My dad Robert (Bob) Thompson was on the Louisville during WWII. He served as a gunner's mate
43. Mary Barada Galindo says:
9 Oct 2015 07:25:04 PM

My father William D Barada (Bill) served aboard the Louisville from 1939-45. His best friends last name was Foster.....My dad was a boatswain as well as a gunner's mate (?). These men served all 4 yrs with only 35 days leave and had to sew their buddies up in body bags for burial at sea. He praised his capt, the one who'd died of his wounds from the Kamikaze attack.......I have his Man of War book and other Items...The best dad ever died at 83 yrs, 2006
44. william whitsonAnonymous says:
20 Nov 2015 05:14:20 PM

My brother John served on the Louisville. He left high scool to join. He is 89 and lives in branson mo. He never talked about the war till now. He was my hero.
45. Cheryl Murray says:
15 Jan 2016 07:18:06 PM

My grandmother Alma Rita Starr died in 1938 when the ferry Rodney capsized in Sydney Harbour. She was 31 years old. Many sailors on board the Louisville assisted in the rescue of the survivors. I have a photo taken of two the the sailors. The paper listed their names as R. Williams (Aviation Machinist) and R Crawford (Fireman). I believe they returned to Sydney for Alma's funeral. Does anyone have any further information about these two?
46. Ron Leininger says:
20 Feb 2016 05:53:20 AM

My father-in-law, James Brackney served on the USS Louisville from 1944 to March 20, 1946. He was a GM3c. He experienced some herific battles. He don't talk much about them but I have been able to get him to open up some in the latter years of his life. He now lives at Wapak Manor in Wapakoneta, Ohio. He will turn 91 this year. My father also served during WWII and like myself who served in Vietnam 1967 and 68 don't talk much about what happened. I respect all of those who served, saw things that have stuck in their minds PTSD all these years. May God bless all those who served and gave their ultimate sacrifice.
47. Anonymous says:
17 Mar 2016 02:30:31 AM

My grandfather Merrill "cub" Culbertson served on the louisville during ww2. He was a machinist mate and fireman. He received a metal for helping to extinguish the fire from the kamakazi hits. He made a knife and ring out of the metal from the plane that we still have. He passed away in 1994. The Greatest Generation.
48. Michael says:
18 Apr 2016 07:29:49 AM

My grandfather, Loyd Kilby Served on the Louisville (CA-28) Was a radar man. He told us stories of the day the kamikazes hit the bridge. He saw them pop up or his screen but apparently the range it was saying they were at was further out than the technology was suppose to be able to detect he told someone and they brushed it off as feedback. Once they received a call from the Australian navy that they had bogies heading their way, they took action. It was a rough day for everyone. My heart goes out to the families that were affected.
49. Lora Green says:
9 May 2016 08:35:47 PM

My dad Lewis Claxon served on Lady Lou during WWII and was a radar man. He was drafted into the war. He had just came off watch and was on deck when the kamikaze plane hit. He was very badly wounded but managed to make it out of the war. He will be 91 on the 11th this month. He like some others didn't make it home with all his things. But he does have the war book and I managed to get his medals that he didn't receive, replaced and gave to him on his 80th birthday. He needless to say overwhelmed. I look often to try to find anything I can find that came from or has any markings of the Louisville. He would love to hear from any shipmates still living. He has 3 friends locally that were also on the ship. If anyone is interested in speaking to him email me at basketlover_98@yahoo.com. I loved reading everyone's stories.
50. Minerich says:
8 Sep 2016 07:58:58 AM

my father John E Minerich served on the Loisville and was wounded during a kamikazi attack by one of the turrets, he will be 90 this september. the greatest generation ever!
51. Courtney says:
22 Nov 2016 08:53:00 PM

My grandfather Domingo Alvarez (95) passed away last night, he served on this ship in the engine room. :(
52. Glenn says:
13 Feb 2017 06:56:11 PM

My father served on the USS Louisville also in the engine room I look at the man of war book quite often
53. Glenn says:
13 Feb 2017 07:02:10 PM

My father served on the USS Louisville during World War II he also was in the engine room his name was Ernest Washim also known as Tex

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