USS Marblehead file photo [22547]

USS Marblehead

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassOmaha-class Light Cruiser
Hull NumberCL-12
BuilderWilliam Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Laid Down4 Aug 1920
Launched9 Oct 1923
Commissioned8 Sep 1924
Decommissioned1 Nov 1945
Displacement7160 tons standard
Length556 feet
Beam55 feet
Draft14 feet
MachineryGeared turbines, four screws
Power Output90000 SHP
Speed35 knots
Crew458
Armament2x2x150mm/53cal guns, 8x1x150mm/53cal guns, 2x76mm/50cal guns, 10x530mm torpedo tubes
Armor3in belt, 1.5in deck, 1.5in conning tower

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ww2dbaseUSS Marblehead entered US Navy service in 1924. Prior to the opening of the Pacific War, she held her shakedown cruise in the English Channel and the Mediterranean Sea; visited Samoa, Society Islands, Australia, GalŠpagos Islands, Nicaragua, Hawaii, Shanghai and Hankou in China, Japan; and then served with Pacific, Atlantic, and Asiatic Fleets of the US Navy in the 1930s. She was anchored at Tarakan, Borneo, Dutch East Indies when the war broke out. Sailing alongside of Dutch and Australian warships, she screened Allied shipping in the Dutch East Indies in the opening days of the war. During the Battle of Makassar Strait on 4 Feb 1942, she successfully maneuvered through three Japanese aerial attacks, but the fourth wave scored two bomb hits and one near miss, killing 15 men and wounding 84. She suffered a list to starboard, a few fires, and jammed rudder, but survived the battle. After repairs were completed at Simon's Town, South Africa between Mar and Apr 1942 and New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States between May and Oct 1942, she was assigned to the South Atlantic Force based in Recife and Bahia, Brazil. She would remain in Brazil until Feb 1944, after which date she patrolled the North Atlantic Ocean until being relocated to the Mediterranean Sea to support the Allied invasion of Southern France. Upon the completion of Operation Dragoon, she returned to the United States. She was decommissioned after the war in Nov 1945, and was sold for scrap in Feb 1946.

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USS Marblehead Operational Timeline

4 Aug 1920 The keel of Marblehead was laid down by William Cramp and Sons in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.
9 Oct 1923 Marblehead was launched in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, sponsored by the wife of Joseph Evans.
8 Sep 1924 USS Marblehead was commissioned into service with Captain Chauncey Shackford in command.
16 Dec 1925 Captain William Siebel Miller was named the commanding officer of USS Marblehead, replacing Captain Chauncey Shackford.
11 Oct 1927 Captain Harry Kimball Cage was named the commanding officer of USS Marblehead.
1 Jun 1929 Captain Ralph A. Koch was named the commanding officer of USS Marblehead, replacing Captain Harry Kimball Cage.
29 Dec 1930 Captain William Rea Furlong was named the commanding officer of USS Marblehead, replacing Captain Ralph A. Koch.
16 May 1939 USS Marblehead arrived at Gulangyu island, an international settlement off Xiamen, China in response to the arrival of a Japanese Special Naval Landing Force detachment nearby. She disembarked a contingent of US Marines.
28 Nov 1941 USS Marblehead arrived at Tarakan, Borneo, Dutch East Indies.
8 Dec 1941 While at Tarakan, Borneo, Dutch East Indies, USS Marblehead received the alert that Japan had started hostilities.
24 Jan 1942 During the night, USS Marblehead screened the withdrawal of a force of Dutch and American warships after those ships had successfully attacked a Japanese convoy off Balikpapan, Borneo, Dutch East Indies.
4 Feb 1942 USS Marblehead suffered two bomb hits and one near miss during the Battle of Makassar Strait, killing 15 men and wounding 84. She suffered a list to starboard, a few fires, and jammed rudder, but survived the battle.
21 Feb 1942 USS Marblehead arrived at Trincomalee, Ceylon.
2 Mar 1942 USS Marblehead departed Trincomalee, Ceylon.
24 Mar 1942 USS Marblehead arrived at Simon's Town, South Africa to repair damages sustained during the Battle of Makassar Strait.
15 Apr 1942 USS Marblehead departed Simon's Town, South Africa.
4 May 1942 USS Marblehead arrived at New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States to repair damages sustained during the Battle of Makassar Strait.
15 Oct 1942 USS Marble completed her repairs New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States and departed for South America.
20 Feb 1944 USS Marblehead arrived in New York, United States.
29 Jul 1944 USS Marblehead arrived in Palermo, Sicily, Italy.
15 Aug 1944 USS Marblehead bombarded Axis positions near Saint-RaphaŽl, France.
16 Aug 1944 USS Marblehead bombarded Axis positions near Saint-RaphaŽl, France.
17 Aug 1944 USS Marblehead bombarded Axis positions near Saint-RaphaŽl, France.
18 Aug 1944 USS Marblehead arrived at Corsica, France.
1 Nov 1945 USS Marblehead was decommissioned from service.
28 Nov 1945 Marblehead was struck from the US Navy Register.
27 Feb 1946 Marblehead was sold for scrap.

Photographs

Marblehead being prepared for launching, William Cramp and Sons shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 9 Oct 1923USS Marblehead underway during top speed trials, 15 Aug 1924USS Marblehead, date unknownUSS Marblehead in harbor, possibly at San Diego, California, United States, early 1930s
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Marblehead being prepared for launching, William Cramp and Sons shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 9 Oct 1923
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