Nashville file photo [3885]


CountryUnited States
Ship ClassBrooklyn-class Light Cruiser
BuilderNew York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Laid Down24 Jan 1935
Launched2 Oct 1937
Commissioned6 Jun 1938
Decommissioned24 Jun 1946
Displacement9,475 tons standard
Length608 feet
Beam62 feet
Draft19 feet
Speed32 knots
Armament15x6in, 8x5in, 8x50cal
Sold to Chile9 Jan 1951


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Nashville Operational Timeline

6 Jun 1938 Nashville was commissioned into service.
13 Dec 1944 In the late afternoon west of Mindoro, Philippine Islands, a special attack aircraft struck light cruiser USS Nashville amidships, killing 131 and wounding 192. Two hours later, another special attack aircraft struck, hitting destroyer USS Haraden.
24 Jun 1946 Nashville was decommissioned from service.


Nashville off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 1 Apr 1942Aft flight deck of USS Hornet while en route to the launching point of the Doolittle Raid, Apr 1942; note USS Gwin and USS Nashville nearbyB-25 Mitchell bombers aboard USS Hornet, Apr 1942, photo 8 of 9B-25 Mitchell bombers aboard USS Hornet, Apr 1942, photo 9 of 9
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1. Randy says:
9 Oct 2010 09:28:37 PM

I recently found a small (4" X 6") leather bound book titled "your ship the Nashville 1942 - 1945". It has a 124 pages, 1/2 b&w photos and the other 1/2 a narrative/description of the photos. Is this something you might like to purchase?
2. Anonymous says:
29 Nov 2010 08:14:14 AM

visit for more information on this ship. There is also a book title "Humble Heroes, How The USS Nashville Fought WWII" on Amazon.
3. dalew says:
3 Apr 2015 10:04:01 PM

randy if book not sold id be interested.
4. Ms.Dale Walkinshaw says:
17 Apr 2015 04:26:53 PM

My dad was a sea going marine on the Tennesee his name was William Chester Eggers if any one knew his please contact me at 719-429-7730 thank you
5. Anonymous says:
12 Dec 2016 11:25:09 AM

Your citation for USS Haradan as the destroyer is incorrect. On the formation of the Newfoundland Escort Command, Columbia's low radius and Canadian naturally led to her return to Canadian waterrs, and she was thereafter based at Halifax, NS. She did well to remain in service until 1944, but the end came when she struck a cliff at Moreton Bay, Newfoundland on 25 February 1944. Technically, she did not ground, as she never touched bottom, but the impact crushed the ship's bows and she was towed to St John's, NF, where she lay unrepaired until July 1944. Then, minus her damaged bows, she was hulked at Liverpool, NS, as a static fuel and ammuntion depot for ships under repair. Paid off from this duty on 12 June 1945, the hulk was sold for scrap 7 August 1945. More at:
6. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
12 Dec 2016 03:40:28 PM

To Anonymous (above):
This is one of those cases where everybody’s right - but it turns out we are talking about different ships. The Wickes-class USS Haraden (DD-183) later became the HMCS Columbia and suffered the fate you describe but the Fletcher-class USS Haraden (DD-585) was struck by an attacking aircraft on 13 Dec 1944 in the Surigao Strait.
7. Kelly says:
28 Feb 2017 08:16:33 PM

My Pampa, BMCM James E. Sutton, began his Naval career aboard the USS Nashville CL-43. He was one of the many injured on December 13, 1944. My Pampa was with the USS Nashville when she made her maiden voyage and he was with her on her last. I spent my childhood being regaled by stories of her.
8. Wayne says:
23 Apr 2017 05:28:49 PM

My Dad, Frank S. Leake, was an electrician's mate on the USS Nashville. Although he did not talk much about his experiences, he did relate one interesting fact about the kamikaze attack. He was supposed to be at a station above deck when the plane hit, but a buddy had convinced him to trade watches in order to play cards. If he had not traded, he would have been one of the casualties. Also, at my Dad's funeral in 1993, we were pleasantly surprised and honored that the ship chaplain attended the service. He indicated that Dad had been one of a few who volunteered to identify the dead and otherwise assist the chaplain with his overwhelming duties. We owe so much to him and many other men and women who gave their all.
9. Nina Friel says:
20 Jun 2017 03:11:22 PM

My Great Uncle John (Jack) Hulson was a gunners mate on the ship when the kamikaze hit and he was killed.
10. R Hopson says:
23 Oct 2017 01:03:38 PM

My uncle Denzel Joseph Faubion was killed in the kamikaze hit. Always wished I knew more about him and had the chance to know him.
11. Mike Lankford says:
26 Oct 2017 10:31:26 PM

My great uncle Cox. Paul Keith was also killed during the attack. Punched an officer to get into combat.
12. Joan McLaughlin Boyd says:
28 May 2018 08:14:39 PM

My father and his bother served on the Nashville . Azel lee McLaughlin
13. Anonymous says:
14 Dec 2018 11:01:44 PM

My father was on the Nashville. He wouldn’t talk about the kamikaze attack until he was in his early 70’s. He had a gruesome story to tell and it’s hard to believe he coped with life as well as he did. He most certainly had survivor’s guilt!
14. Mark Simonelli says:
2 Nov 2019 04:15:34 PM

My father Charles (Charlie)Simonelli was on the Nashville. He was a BM.
15. John Signorelli says:
7 Oct 2020 02:45:04 PM

My Grandfather, who bears my same name, John Signorelli, was a Fire Controlman S2/C onboard the USS Nashville. He was one of those who gave their life, that tragic day, Dec. 13, 1944, and was killed in the Kamikaze attack. He was a semi-pro boxer before enlisting, and maybe someone remembers him sparring onboard?? Sure do miss him.

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