12 May 1904

United States
  • The keel of battleship Idaho was laid down by William Cramp and Sons Ship and Engine Building Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. ww2dbase [Lemnos | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | CPC]
9 Dec 1905

United States
  • Battleship Idaho was launched at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, sponsored by the daughter of Idaho Governor Frank R. Gooding, Louise May Gooding. ww2dbase [Lemnos | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | CPC]
1 Apr 1908

United States
  • USS Idaho was commissioned into service at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, United States with Captain Samuel W. B. Diehl in command. ww2dbase [Lemnos | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | CPC]
4 May 1911

United States
27 Oct 1913

United States
4 Aug 1920

United States
9 Oct 1923

United States Photo(s) dated 9 Oct 1923
Marblehead being prepared for launching, William Cramp and Sons shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 9 Oct 1923
21 Aug 1929

Photo(s) dated 21 Aug 1929
Oklahoma off the Philadelphia Navy Yard after modernization, 21 Aug 1929
5 Mar 1931

United States
9 May 1932

Photo(s) dated 9 May 1932
Four-stack destroyer USS Reuben James upon being recommissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 9 May 1932.
30 Jun 1932

United States
22 Jan 1933

United States
28 Jun 1937

Photo(s) dated 28 Jun 1937
N3N trainer aircraft being constructed at the Naval Aircraft Factory at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, United States, 28 Jun 1937
27 Aug 1937

United States
6 Jan 1939

Photo(s) dated 6 Jan 1939
Battleship Washington under construction, Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, United States, 6 Jan 1939
1 Jun 1940

United States Photo(s) dated 1 Jun 1940
Launching of battleship Washington, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Pennsylvania, United States, 1 Jun 1940, photo 1 of 2Launching of battleship Washington, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Pennsylvania, United States, 1 Jun 1940, photo 2 of 2
29 May 1941

Photo(s) dated 29 May 1941
USS Washington, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 29 May 1941
2 Aug 1941

United States
  • The keel of light cruiser Miami was laid down by William Cramp and Sons in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. ww2dbase [Miami | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | CPC]
7 Jan 1942

United States
28 Apr 1942

United States
  • The keel of submarine Dragonet was laid down by the Cramp Shipbuilding Company at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. ww2dbase [Dragonet | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | CPC]
4 Jun 1942

Photo(s) dated 4 Jun 1942
Battleship USS South Dakota departing Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States for shakedown exercises, 4 Jun 1942. Note the OS2U Kingfisher aircraft from Observation Squadron VO-6 on the fantail.
10 Jun 1942

United States
  • The keel of submarine Escolar was laid down by William Cramp and Sons at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. ww2dbase [Escolar | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | CPC]
15 Aug 1942

United States
2 Nov 1942

United States
  • The keel of submarine Ling was laid down by the Cramp Shipbuilding Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. ww2dbase [Ling | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | CPC]
7 Dec 1942

Photo(s) dated 7 Dec 1942
Christening of battleship New Jersey by Carolyn Edison, wife of New Jersey Governor and former Secretary of the Navy Charles Edison, Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, United States, 7 Dec 1942
8 Dec 1942

United States
  • Light cruiser Miami was launched in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, sponsored by Mrs. C. H. Reeder, wife of the mayor of Miami, Florida, United States. ww2dbase [Miami | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Dec 1942
Launching of light cruiser Miami, William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 8 Dec 1942
13 Dec 1942

United States
  • American survivors of Panamanian steam merchant ship Plaudit, sunk by German submarine U-181 in the Indian Ocean on 8 Nov 1942, were repatriated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States aboard the American merchant ship Doncaster. ww2dbase [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | HM]
15 Mar 1943

Photo(s) dated 15 Mar 1943
Aerial view of William Cramp & Sons shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 15 Mar 1943
4 Apr 1943

United States
18 Apr 1943

United States
  • Submarine Dragonet was launched at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, sponsored by Mrs. J. E. Gingrich. ww2dbase [Dragonet | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | CPC]
  • Submarine Escolar was launched at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, sponsored by Mrs. J. Bilisoly Hudgins. ww2dbase [Escolar | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | CPC]
23 May 1943

United States Photo(s) dated 23 May 1943
Commissioning ceremony of USS New Jersey, Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, United States, 23 May 1943, photo 01 of 25Commissioning ceremony of USS New Jersey, Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, United States, 23 May 1943, photo 02 of 25Commissioning ceremony of USS New Jersey, Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, United States, 23 May 1943, photo 03 of 25Commissioning ceremony of USS New Jersey, Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, United States, 23 May 1943, photo 04 of 25
See all photos dated 23 May 1943
30 May 1943

United States
11 Jun 1943

Photo(s) dated 11 Jun 1943
USS S-44 off Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, United States, 11 Jun 1943USS S-44 off Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, United States, 11 Jun 1943
14 Jun 1943

United States
19 Jul 1943

United States
  • The US Naval Aircraft Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States was authorized to embark on the project codenamed Gorgon to develop air-to-air turbojet-powered remotely-controlled missiles. ww2dbase [Philadelphia Navy Yard | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | CPC]
15 Aug 1943

United States
  • Submarine Ling was launched at the Cramp Shipbuilding Company facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, sponsored by Mrs. E. J. Foy. ww2dbase [Ling | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 Aug 1943
Mrs. E. J. Foy at the launching ceremony of submarine Ling, William Cramp & Sons shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 15 Aug 1943Launching of submarine Ling, William Cramp & Sons shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 15 Aug 1943
2 Sep 1944

United States
  • While attempting to unclog a uranium enrichment device at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, United States for the Manhattan Project, chemists Peter Bragg, Douglas Meigs, and Arnold Kramish accidentally set of an explosion, which sprayed liquid uranium hexafluoride and hydrofuoric acid on them. Bragg and Meigs were killed, while Kramish and two soldliers, George LeFevre and John Tompkins, were seriously injured. ww2dbase [Operation Trinity and Manhattan Project | Philadelphia Navy Yard | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | CPC]
17 Sep 1944

Photo(s) dated 17 Sep 1944
Commissioning ceremony of USS Guam, Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, United States, 17 Sep 1944, photo 1 of 2Commissioning ceremony of USS Guam, Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, United States, 17 Sep 1944, photo 2 of 2
24 Sep 1944

United States
25 Oct 1944

Photo(s) dated 25 Oct 1944
Port bow view of large cruiser Guam, Philadelphia Naval Yard, Pennsylvania, United States, 25 Oct 1944Starboard view of large cruiser Guam, Philadelphia Naval Yard, Pennsylvania, United States, 25 Oct 1944Aerial view of large cruiser Guam, Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, United States, 25 Oct 1944, photo 5 of 5
23 Feb 1945

United States
9 Oct 1945

United States
5 Dec 1945

United States
10 Jan 1946

Photo(s) dated 10 Jan 1946
Scrapping of Marblehead in Dry Dock No. 4, Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 10 Jan 1946
12 Jul 1946

United States
30 Nov 1946

United States
10 Feb 1947

United States
11 Feb 1947

United States
7 Nov 1949

United States
11 Mar 1950

United States
3 Jan 1951

United States
2 Jun 1951

Photo(s) dated 2 Jun 1951
Raising of the French flag aboard the ex-USS Langley upon being commissioned as the La Fayette in the French Navy, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Pennsylvania, United States, 2 Jun 1951
15 Jan 1952

United States
26 Jun 1952

United States
13 Aug 1952

United States
27 Mar 1953

United States
5 Mar 1954

United States
3 Sep 1954

United States
19 May 1955

Photo(s) dated 19 May 1955
Aerial view of the Reserve Fleet Basin at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, United States, 19 May 1955
2 Oct 1967

United States
1 Feb 1968

United States
27 Jun 1970

United States
26 Feb 1982

Photo(s) dated 26 Feb 1982
Inactivated US Navy battleships Iowa and Wisconsin docked at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 26 Feb 1982
8 Mar 2014

United States
  • Former paratrooper of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, US 101st Airborne Division William "Wild Bill" Guarnere passed away from a stroke in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. ww2dbase [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | CPC]
  • Former paratrooper of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, US 101st Airborne Division William "Wild Bill" Guarnere passed away from a stroke in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. ww2dbase [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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