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USS Baltimore

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassBaltimore-class Heavy Cruiser
Hull NumberCA-68
BuilderBethlehem Steel Corporation, Fore River, Massachusetts, United States
Laid Down26 May 1941
Launched28 Jul 1942
Commissioned15 Apr 1943
Decommissioned8 Jul 1946
Displacement13600 tons standard
Length673 feet
Beam71 feet
Draft27 feet
MachineryGeneral Electric geared turbines with 4 screws
Power Output120000 SHP
Speed33 knots
Crew1142
Armament9x8-in, 12x5-in anti aircraft, 48x40mm, 24x20mm
Armor6-in belt, 8-in turrets, 2.5-in deck, 6.5-in conning tower
Aircraft4

Contributor:

ww2dbaseThe lead ship of a class of fourteen heavy cruisers was sent to the Gilbert Islands in Nov 1943 as her first mission, providing naval gun support during the landing operations at Makin Atoll. Assuming similar roles, Baltimore subsequent support operations at Kwajalein and Eniwetok, the Caroline Islands, Mariana Islands, Palau, New Guinea, and Marcus Island. She briefly became President Franklin Roosevelt's personal ship in Jul and Aug 1944 when she ferried the American leader from continental United States to Hawaii for a meeting with Admiral Chester Nimitz and General Douglas MacArthur. Late in 1944, she participated in bombardments in the Philippine Islands, Taiwan, and China, while directly supporting the landings on Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

ww2dbaseAfter WW2, Baltimore was briefly mothballed, but was recommissioned for the Korean War. She was decommissioned in 1956, and sold for scrapping in May 1972. Two hundred tons of armor plate removed from her was given to the Fermi National Accelerator Labratory.

ww2dbaseSource: Naval Historical Center.

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USS Baltimore Operational Timeline

15 Apr 1943 Baltimore was commissioned into service.
21 Jul 1944 USS Baltimore depart San Diego, California, United States, with destroyer USS Fanning in escort and US President Franklin Roosevelt aboard, for Adak, Aleutian Islands.
8 Jul 1946 Baltimore was decommissioned from service.

Photographs

Baltimore off Boston Navy Yard, 10 Sep 1943MacArthur, Roosevelt, and Nimitz aboard USS Baltimore, Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, 26 Jul 1944, photo 1 of 3MacArthur, Roosevelt, and Nimitz aboard USS Baltimore, Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, 26 Jul 1944, photo 2 of 3MacArthur, Roosevelt, and Nimitz aboard USS Baltimore, Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, 26 Jul 1944, photo 3 of 3
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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Zita Lopez says:
17 Oct 2010 05:51:15 PM

Not a comment on the article but would like to seek a person. My grandfather with Lopez as his surname was in the USA army and came to Kiribati during WWII. I have a photo of him. I would be grateful if I can get some help from someone.

Thank you and looking forward to hearing from someone
2. Julian lorefice says:
5 May 2013 08:20:19 PM

My grandfather Roger Deuel was aboard the Baltimore in WWII and was a great man . I want anyone who may remember him from those time to know that he came back from the war like anyone else , rattled but strong . He made a good life for my mother and his wife and I miss him bery much !
3. jeffrey Malacane says:
7 Aug 2015 03:01:09 PM

My step father served on the Baltimore from 43-45 and he still tells me many stories about his time on the Baltimore. I
Thank Goodness he is till around! Is there anyone still out there who served during this time ? Or if you have any questions i could ask him for you.
4. Brad says:
14 Aug 2015 02:00:23 PM

Jeffery Malacane:

My father, Carl Sprauer, was a gunner's mate on the Baltimore during WWII. I would love to know if your stepfather had any recollection at all of him. I was told his nickname was "squirrely" due to his slight build.

My father died when I was 18 (I'm now 44) and I'm trying to piece together memories of him to pass on to my son, who is shipping out in December as a Navy Special Ops Diver.

Thank you so much for you offer, and your time.

Sincerely,
Brad
5. sue says:
18 Aug 2015 08:42:12 PM

I was wondering how I can find out any information about my father, Robert W Groat. I know only that he served on the Baltimore in some sort of clerical role. I believe he was on the ship between 1943-1945.
6. Andrew Sturtevant says:
9 Apr 2016 02:32:55 PM

My father Clark B Sturtevant served on the Baltimore I believe as a bosoms mate and was told was not even old enough to enlist. I think the last name was spelled wrong like Sturtyvant. Like to know any information at all concerning his time aboard ship. Can call 907-347-4123 . God bless you all and Thank You for your service.
7. Ken Bonnell says:
30 Aug 2016 10:38:26 AM

Am looking for a Baltimore ship's patch.
RMCS(SS) USN (Ret.)
8. SAM pulsinelli says:
8 May 2017 03:42:33 AM

My grandfather served on the Baltimore , we have the same name
I was born a month before he died.any information could be helpful, feel free to reach out 774 386 1059 Sam
9. TOM POWERS says:
14 Sep 2017 03:48:40 AM

My dad Tom Powers served aboard the Baltimore during ww2. 20MM gunner.
10. Tom Powers says:
19 Sep 2017 09:02:00 AM

603 254 3623

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Heavy Cruiser USS Baltimore (CA-68) Photo Gallery
Baltimore off Boston Navy Yard, 10 Sep 1943
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