|Ship Class||New Orleans-class Heavy Cruiser|
|Builder||Mare Island Navy Yard|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
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.
Last Major Revision: Mar 2006
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