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CountryUnited States
Ship ClassNorthampton-class Heavy Cruiser
BuilderPuget Sound Navy Yard
Laid Down4 Jul 1929
Launched1 Sep 1930
Commissioned15 Jan 1931
Decommissioned17 Jun 1946
Displacement9,050 tons standard
Length600 feet
Beam66 feet
Draft16 feet
Speed32 knots
Armament9x8in, 4x5in, 6x21in torpedo tubes


ww2dbaseLouisville was originally classified as a light cruiser, but in accordance to the London Naval Treaty of 1930 she was reclassified as a heavy cruiser during her shakedown cruise, which took her from the Pacific to New York City through the Panama Canal. Before WW2, she operated in a variety of missions, including participation in fleet problems, training in anti-aircraft gunnery, and visiting foreign ports in Latin America, South Pacific, and Australia. When the European War began in Sep 1939, she was on a cruise in South America. While in Brazil, she was diverted to South Africa to pick up British gold worth US$148 million for transportation to New York City, United States; she was given this duty because a British ship traveling across the Atlantic Ocean would risk attacks from German submarines and put the valuable cargo at risk. An American ship, however, would be protected by her mother country's neutrality.

ww2dbaseWhen the United States officially entered the war in Dec 1941, Louisville was on an escorting mission from the Caribbean Sea to Hawaii. In Feb and Mar 1942, she escorted carriers when they raided Japanese bases in Gilbert, Marshall, and Solomon Islands areas. She spent some time in the Aleutian Islands area before being sent back to South Pacific for the closing stages of the Guadalcanal Campaign. On 29 Jan 1943, she participated in the Battle of Rennell Island, where she was hit by a dud torpedo and after the battle towed cruiser Chicago until tug Navajo took over the job. In Apr 1943, she returned to the Aleutian Islands as a part of Task Force 16. In the North Pacific, she covered the assault and occupation of Attu Island from 11 to 30 May and then the pre-invasion bombardment of Kiska in Aug 1943.

ww2dbaseAfter the overhaul, Louisville was tasked with providing pre-landing naval gunfire support at Wotje, Kwajalein and Eniwetok atolls in the Marshall Islands between Jan and Feb 1944, while flying the flag of Rear Admiral Jesse Oldendorf. She escorted carriers during Central Pacific raids in Mar 1944 and bombarded Japanese positions Truk and Sawatan in Apr 1944. In Jun and Jul, she bombarded Saipan, Tinian, and Guam. After the Mariana Islands action, she retired to the rear area until mid-Sep. In Sep and Oct, she bombarded Peleliu and Leyte, respectively. In the night of 24 to 25 Oct, she participated in the Battle of the Surigao Strait where the large surface action resulted in heavy losses for the Japanese Navy. After the Leyte actions, she rejoined the fast carriers as a part of Task Force 38, and attacked Japanese positions on the shores of Luzon. On 5 and 6 Jan 1945, Louisville was struck by two Kamikaze special attack aircraft while supporting American operations in the Philippine Islands. She remained in the area briefly to complete her shore bombardment mission, and then was withdrawn to Mare Island Navy Yard in the United States for permanent repairs. She returned to the war in May 1945 with Task Force 54 to provide naval gunfire support during the Okinawa Campaign, where she was once again hit by a suicide aircraft on 5 Jun; after temporary repairs, she was back on the firing line by 9 Jun, but departed for Pearl Harbor for permanent repairs a week later. She was at Pearl Harbor when the war ended.

ww2dbaseLouisville left Pearl Harbor on 15 Aug 1945 and headed back for post-war operations. She supervised the rescue of Allied POWs in Manchuria and then witnessed the surrender of Japanese vessels by Vice Admiral Kaneko in Tsingtao. She remained off the Chinese coast until Oct 1945. Louisville was decommissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in the United States in Jun 1946. She was sold to the Marlene Blouse Corporation of New York for scrap on 14 Sep 1959.

ww2dbaseSources: Naval Historical Center, Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: May 2007

Heavy Cruiser Louisville Interactive Map


Louisville in the early 1930sLouisville, Salt Lake City, Northampton, and Chicago turning in formation with three other Scouting Force heavy cruisers to create a slick for landing seaplanes, off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 31 Jan 1933
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Louisville Operational Timeline

15 Jan 1931 USS Louisville was commissioned at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, United States.
14 Sep 1939 Aircraft carrier USS Ranger and battleships USS New York and Texas are designated as a striking force held in reserve at Hampton Roads, Virginia in support of destroyers and Coast Guard cutters on Neutrality Patrols in the Atlantic.
8 Jul 1941 USS New York, Arkansas, Brooklyn, and Nashville escorted the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade to their landings at Reykjavik, Iceland.
6 Jan 1942 USS Yorktown, Louisville, and St. Louis departed San Diego, California, United States to escort transports carrying the US 2nd Marine Brigade to American Samoa.
14 Jan 1942 USS Yorktown, Louisville, and St. Louis and convoy crossed the equator while transiting from San Diego, California to Pago Pago, Samoa.
20 Jan 1942 USS Yorktown, Louisville, and St. Louis and convoy arrived at Pago Pago, Samoa.
24 Jan 1942 USS Yorktown, Louisville, and St. Louis departed Pago Pago, Samoa bound for the Marshall and Gilbert Islands.
30 Jan 1942 USS Yorktown, Louisville, and St. Louis and task group crossed the 180th meridian while transiting from Pago Pago, Samoa to the Gilbert Islands.
1 Feb 1942 The United States launched its first air offensive against the Marshall Islands as SBD and TBD aircraft from carriers USS Yorktown and USS Enterprise struck Japanese bases in the island group. Cruisers USS Northampton, USS Chester, and USS Salt Lake City also bombarded atolls in the Marshall Islands, sinking gunboat Toyotsu Maru and transport Bordeaux Maru and damaging cruiser Katori, submarine I-23, submarine depot ship Yasukuni Maru, minelayer Tokiwa, and several others. Vice Admiral Mitsumi Shimizu was wounded aboard Katori. USS Chester sustained damage from a Japanese dive bomber during the attack; 8 were killed, 21 were wounded.
6 Feb 1942 Task Force 17 under the command of Rear Admiral Jack Fletcher and consisting of USS Yorktown, USS Louisville, and USS St. Louis arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
3 Jun 1942 USS St. Louis and USS Nashville joined with USS Indianapolis, USS Louisville, and USS Honolulu to round out Task Force 8 on patrol in the Gulf of Alaska. Upon hearing reports from Dutch Harbor, Alaska of an air attack by carrier planes, Task Force 8 immediately began searching for Japanese carriers operating south of the Aleutian Islands.
31 Jul 1942 Task Force 8 consisting of USS Indianapolis, USS Nashville, USS Louisville, USS Honolulu, USS St. Louis, and escorts arrived at Kodiak, Alaska.
3 Aug 1942 Task Force 8 consisting of USS Indianapolis, USS Nashville, USS Louisville, USS Honolulu, USS St. Louis, and escorts departed Kodiak, Alaska and resumed Alaskan patrol.
7 Aug 1942 Task Force 8 consisting of USS Indianapolis, USS Nashville, USS Louisville, USS Honolulu, USS St. Louis, and escorts bombard Japanese positions on Kiska Island near the western end of Alaska's Aleutian chain.
11 Aug 1942 Task Force 8 consisting of USS Indianapolis, USS Nashville, USS Louisville, USS Honolulu, USS St. Louis, and escorts arrived at Kodiak, Alaska.
19 Aug 1942 USS Louisville and USS St. Louis departed Kodiak, Alaska on an Alaskan patrol.
24 Aug 1942 USS Louisville and USS St. Louis arrived at Kodiak, Alaska.
19 Sep 1942 USS St. Louis joined with USS Indianapolis, USS Louisville, and USS Nashville and continued on with Alaskan patrol.
10 Dec 1942 At Nouméa, New Caledonia, Rear Admiral Walden Ainsworth assumed command of Task Force 67, USS Louisville flagship.
2 Jan 1943 Cruisers USS Nashville, USS St. Louis, USS Helena, USS Honolulu, HMNZS Achilles, USS Columbia, and USS Louisville escorted by destroyers USS Fletcher, USS Nicholas, USS O’Bannon, USS Lamson, and USS Drayton departed Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides on a patrol south of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.
2 Jan 1943 At Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, Commander of Task Force 67 Rear Admiral Walden Ainsworth shifted his flag from USS Louisville to USS Nashville.
8 Jan 1943 Cruisers USS Nashville, USS St. Louis, USS Helena, USS Honolulu, HMNZS Achilles, USS Columbia, and USS Louisville escorted by destroyers USS Fletcher, USS Nicholas, USS O’Bannon, USS Lamson, and USS Drayton returned to Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides.
18 Dec 1944 Many ships from the United States Third Fleet, Task Force 38 sailed into Typhoon Cobra in the Philippine Sea. Three destroyers and 790 men were lost.
17 Jun 1946 Louisville was decommissioned from service.

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1. Ronald Dozier says:
6 May 2008 07:52:13 PM

I appreciate this piece because a friend of mine served as helmsman on the Louisville under Admiral Odlendorf.
I believe the article is in error at the end of paragraph two. Attu and Kiska are in the Aleutians rather than the North Atlantic.
2. Darell Lewis says:
9 Oct 2008 09:47:52 PM

My father served on this ship in the pacific theater in world war two. He was a petty officer, first class, gunners mate. The good LORD took him on November 27, 1982. Thanks to him and many others we live in a free country! Let us not forget the sacrifices these veterans made so that we can live the life we now live. GOD BLESS THESE VETERANS AND OUR GREAT COUNTRY!
3. Anonymous says:
27 Nov 2008 09:57:26 PM

My grandmothers partner/bf served on the USS Louisville during WWII. He was telling me about it tonight. Told me about the Kamikaze attacks hitting the turret and then the bridge. Im sure he knew the above mentioned sailors. Thank you for their duty.
4. Anonymous says:
6 Feb 2009 04:01:04 PM

John Tucker, Waynesboro, Virginia, was in the engine room of the Louisville for most of the Pacific duty. I will present him with a Louisville cap on the 18th of Feb at the nursing home where he now lives. He is a good man and I honor and respect him.
5. Anonymous says:
13 May 2009 03:40:30 PM

My uncle LaVerne "Louie" was aboard the USS Louisville when it was attacked by the kamikaze planes. He said they had to go to shore for 4 days while they fixed the turret. He has a book called Man Of War, with a lot of pictures and details of the USS Louisville. God bless our soldiers for the frightening, demanding lives they live, all for the service to our country. Without them, we would have nothing. My uncle turned 90 April 2, 2009 and his mind is still as sharp as a tack. He remembers everything and everyone on the USS Louisville, and even explained to me what all the switches were to run the ship. An amazing man from an amazing era. The world needs more like him.
6. Daughter of Marty Martinson says:
2 Jul 2009 03:36:43 PM

My Dad, who died when I was a child, was a gunner's mate on the Louisville. I am so very proud of him.
7. Anonymous says:
3 Dec 2009 10:29:48 PM

My grandfather Walt Evans served aboard the Louisville from 1937 thru 1945. The January '45 Kamikaze attack and resulting repairs at Mare Island (near San Francisco) allowed my aunt to be conceived. He passed away on Thanksgiving day 2001. I miss him.
8. Proud Grandson says:
27 Dec 2009 06:03:04 PM

There is so many unwritten stories about this ship and its crew surrounding the events in the pacific.... I fear that one day they will be forgotten... These men fought for our very existence as Americans. They seen things things in there 20's that most 20 year old American men today can not imagine..... My wish and hope is that there story is told before it is forgotten. The events of of the Louisville in the pacific will be pasted down to my sons and grandson..but what about the rest America.

Matthew Hensley, Grandson of 2nd class petty officer Robert L Stephens
9. cathy says:
31 Mar 2010 04:37:02 PM

My dad, Billy Farmer served during WWII on the USS Louisville (C28). He worked in the radar area. He would tell us stories of the War. He has passed on now. My grandson is now studing about WWII. I have some of Dad's things from the war that he can share with his classmates. I am proud of all those that served in the war and of all of you that want to keep all your memories alive of your love one that served during the wars.
10. Jeff Limon says:
27 Apr 2010 06:55:01 PM

I believe that man named Steve Ligurtsky was on the USS Louisville. He was to marry my aunt Mercedes in the early 1940s. She died of tuberculosis while Steve was away. Steve came looking for when he was on shore leave around 1942. He was upset in that no one told him of the death of his fiancée. He asked my dad "Why didn't you tell me?". My dad told him that he sent a letter, but the letter apparently never reached Steve, given that he was out there in the South Pacific.

Steve returned to his post on the Louisville, and was killed a few months later as a result of a kamikaze attack.


Jeff Limón
11. Allen Robertson says:
2 May 2010 05:13:34 PM

My dad, E.O. Robertson was a gunner's mate aboard the Louisville. It was his turret that was hit. He passed away in 2005. Thank God these men were willing to fight for our freedom. God bless them all.
12. William Hunt says:
27 May 2010 01:28:50 PM

My older brother, John A. Hunt, served on the Louisville he was aboard before Pearl Harbor and was still aboard at the end of the war. I am grateful for the detail given in this article.
13. Darlene Loebig says:
6 Sep 2010 03:31:34 PM

My dad, John Condit, was a gunner's mate aboard the Louisville. He stayed in the Navy after the war. We are very proud of him as well as grateful to all who served.
14. Becky (Vowell) Taylor says:
1 Dec 2010 09:24:25 AM

My grandfather Rex O. Vowell served on the USS Louiville from (I believe) 1942-1945. He passed away this week. November 27, 2010.
15. Len says:
22 Jan 2011 06:37:55 PM

My father served aboard USS Louisville from March 1942, through the end of the war. He told me about the Kamikaze that hit the bridge killing 50 sailors. Admiral Chandler died the next day from wounds. I have pieces of the kamikaze that my dad picked up off the deck that day...
16. Scott Allen says:
25 Jan 2011 07:23:12 PM

My uncle, Thomas Allen, from Cleveland, Ohio was a machinist mate aboard the USS LOUISVILLE during WWII. He was aboard for all South Pacific action. He wasn't a real big guy but he was tough and during one of the attacks he helped save a shipmate that was on fire from being soaked in fuel. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He returned to Cleveland after the war and married. He worked as a pattern maker the rest of his life. He retired in 1980 and passed away 13 April,2002.
17. Paul A. Franz says:
1 Feb 2011 02:09:38 PM

I served aboard the USS Louisville During WWII and have read some of the comments from relatives of shipmates that I served with. Two that I remember very well, S.D. Martinson and John Condit were in the 4th Div. with me.
18. Bill Verbano says:
30 Mar 2011 06:50:01 AM

My dad, who will be 87 this coming 4th of July, served on Louisville from 43 to the end. He has a copy of a poem someone wrote about Louisville during the night battle at Surigao Strait. Aside from his family, serving on Louisville was something he is most proud of.
19. Darla Williams says:
11 May 2011 10:36:15 AM

My father in law, James D. Williams was on the USS Louisville from 41 to 45. He was a Store Keeper. He never spoke of the war. After he passed I found all his Navy items, 2 journals of his daily life happenings on the Louie. The crew of this ship are truely all HEROS. I salute them all. I have the Man of War book and the medal given the ship for delivering the gold to New York in preparing for the war. Michael Harsche living in Bremerton also served and wrote a book on the Louie. I praise all the fine men of the USS LOUISVILLE. They are truly America's Hero's.
Thank you.
20. Diane Dowdell says:
22 May 2011 01:15:54 AM

My father, Lester Dowdell, was a Machinist's Mate (MMI) aboard the USS Louisville from 1943 until after the end of WWII. He often told of the night the Louisville towed the Chicago all night at a slow speed under kamikaze fire. Until he passed away in March 2002, he always said he'd never forget the sound that the kamikazes made. He also served in the boiler rooms on the USS Saratoga, the USS Midway, the USS Lexington, and the USS Oriskany. 20 years active duty. I miss him every day.
21. C. Beckner says:
31 May 2011 05:39:35 AM

My dad, William C. Beckner, was an FC 2/c on the USS Louisville in the Pacific theater and received a letter of commendation from Vice Admiral Oldendorf. He passed when I was only four, but I found the letter and other memorabilia packed away for decades after my mother passed.
22. Anonymous says:
2 Oct 2011 07:58:23 AM

My father served on the USS Louisville as a radioman. He would talk about how tense it was when they transported the British gold from South Africa to NYC and how emotional it was when they finally entered NY Harbor and saw the Statue of Liberty. He passed away in 1985.
23. Dianne Yetka says:
27 Jun 2012 02:10:45 PM

My dad, John Yetka, served on the USS Louisville as a boilermaker from 1939 to 1944. He passed on 6-22-12 at age 93. The USS Louisville was one of his greatest sources of pride. A week before his death he was showing a visitor his photo journal: showing the wonderful companionship aboard the ship as well as some of the more auspicious moments (the sinking of the Graf Spee and Good Will Tour of South America). He had so many stories: the rescue of passengers from a capsized ferry in Sydney Harbor, the torpedo that banged around ominously in the hull while they limped back to Pearl and the guys that died when they had to seal off to save the rest of the ship. He greatly respected his shipmates and thought highly of Admiral Leighton for putting the safety of his crew ahead of seeking glory in battles. I am proud of my Dad and proudly call myself a USS Louisville "descendent."
24. Dan Maple says:
23 Sep 2012 08:45:36 PM

Dear Sirs & family,
My Father-in-law was a signal man 1st class on this ship. If any family of other sailors would care to contact me to Honor these men
please do. I could not be more proud to honor their sacrifices for our freedoms. Thank you, Dan
25. Jessica Freeman says:
8 Nov 2012 07:45:56 PM

My Grandad Merle Freeman (Worth Merle Freeman) served on the Louisville in the Marines. He often regales me with stories of his times there and Island hopping. There were a couple men in particular that he talks about, and I'd love to help him reconnect, or at least find out where these men ended up. Thank you in advance.
26. Jessica Freeman says:
8 Nov 2012 07:58:17 PM

For anyone on this page-- My grandfather's sea bag was lost on his trip home, and he often laments that all his pictures of his time in the service were lost with it. If anyone would be willing to share their fathers/grandfathers pictures with us (through scanning), I would be absolutely grateful. My e-mail is jessie.l.freeman25@gmail.com, and you can add me on facebook with jessie.l.freeman@korea.army.mil I'll be surprising him for Veteran's day, but even if you contact me after that, please please do. I would love to give him that type of gift, and I promise you a 93-year-old Marine will cry tears of joy. Thank you so much in advance. Never forget.
27. David Medo says:
9 Nov 2012 09:08:31 PM

My Father was Vincent Medo,served as Chief Petty Officer of the Lousville. He always felt a strong bond with all who served with him. When I read the stories listed on this site, it sounds so familiar to the stories he told me. He passed away in 1986. May our fathers and loved ones always be remembered.
28. Robert Ergenbright II says:
25 Dec 2012 05:29:28 PM

My father, Robert Ergenbright, served on the Louisville from August 16 to November 10, 1945. Previously he had served on the US Dedee. After his suiside, a result of the fear of his Alzhimer desease, I found a map in his effects. It documents every day of his service while on the Louisville from the leaving Pearl Harbor on Augus 16 to his arrival at San Francisco on Nov. 10. Although he never talked about his time spent in World War II, he was always proud of his duty to his country. The posts on this site make me even more proud of his time serving in the South Pacific from 1942 to 1945. He was from Staunton, Virginia.
29. Daniel Holder says:
21 May 2014 01:35:15 PM

If you read this or can provide ANY ITEM or copy or comment for historical record contribution for CA-28, PLS contact me regarding archives I am promoting to grow for the ship at U of Louisville in Louisville, KY. My Dad, John Holder, was also on ship 39-45. There is no other site for this other than Navy archives in Wash DC that most will never see. Contact me at danielbholder@bellsouth.net. This is my personal WWII History project for this ship.
30. Len Balasa Jr. says:
4 Jun 2014 11:47:52 AM

My father served aboard USS Louisville from March 1942 through the end of the war reaching the rate of 2nd class petty officer. He picked fragments of kamikaze that hit the bridge killing 41 sailors. I still have those fragments. Admiral Theodore Chandler died of his wounds the next day along with his orderly, marine Joseph Siegel.
USS Louisville was also hit by two other Kamikazes, one bouncing off the hull and the other hit a turret. Neither of these attacks took any lives or caused any crippling damage. My dad said the paint was a bit scratched.
My grandfather served in WWI and was mustard gassed in France. He spent 20 years in and out of the VA hospital in Chicago . I served in the Navy reserves from Dec 7, 1971 - Aug 12, 1977.
31. Anonymous says:
6 Jun 2014 09:33:48 AM

Thank you Len Balasa Jr for responding and sending the fragment pics. The return address on your email was not a visible email address to me. I replied to that anyway in case it might reach you. Anyone sending me email about the history of this ship, please make sure your email address will be visible to me so that I can reply. If I have not replied to you within a 7-10 days (I might be out of town) PLEASE contact me again. I WILL respond to you! I am interested in getting copies of any and all documents or pics, etc to a logical place for public access, at the Univ of Louisville Archives. Most crew members have already passed away. It is up to the remaining few and their families to make the contribution of whatever they have. Thank you. for your support.
32. Robin Borchers says:
16 Jun 2014 08:08:05 AM

My uncle, James Brackney, served aboard the Louisville throughout WWII. He was a gunner on one of the large guns and narrowly avoided death in the Kamikaze attacks. He has recently shared more remembrances about the war, something he has rarely done. He turned 89 this April. He is still sharp and fairly healthy for being this age. The men who served on that ship were truly all heroes. They endured some horrible things to ensure the liberty we have today!
33. Ronnie Mestas says:
20 Jul 2014 08:43:40 PM

My uncle was KIA during the 5/6 jan45 battle. The Bronze star he was post. said the battle was near Luzon,Is. He was at his battle station when he was killed. He was buried at sea. His name is Richard Gonzales from Dallas, Texas. Anyone knowing of him or a crewmember could you please email me.
34. Janis Herbert says:
1 Aug 2014 06:10:16 PM

Just saw the posting by Paul Franz, saying he knew my father (S.D. Martinson). If you see this, I'd love to hear from you at janis@janisherbertforkids.com
35. Katherine Rankin says:
27 Oct 2014 03:12:43 PM

My father, John "Jack" Parker Rankin served on the Louisville from 1937-1945. I have a book of pictures from his time on the Louisville and my brother has another. He was a storekeeper and bookkeeper. I had heard the ship was in the Philippines when Pearl Harbor was attacked.
36. Jerry Mcmillon. Shipserviceman USS IWO JIMA LPH-2 says:
19 Nov 2014 07:37:48 PM

I collect walking canes. I got one that has a lighter inside head of a bullet. The lighter cartridge comes out and on side of cartridge is picture of the U.S.S.LOUISVILLE. I no serviceman made item out of mettle from ship. Would love too here anyway to connect item to the ship
37. Anonymous says:
28 Jan 2015 10:21:36 PM

My father, Charlie Edward Lemmon S-2 was a new crewman having joined the Lo in November 44. He was a radar man on 6 January 1945 when his gun station was hit by a kamikaze. He was never found and was reported lost at sea the day many of his shipmates were killed I action. God bless the men of the USS Louisville for their sacrifice.
38. Don says:
28 Feb 2015 10:36:39 AM

My father served aboard the Lady Lou --- I would
like to hear what other "descendants" have to say--
My Dad may have been friends with yours! Pretty amazing...
39. Anonymous says:
1 Mar 2015 04:47:32 PM

My father Robert (NMI) Kemp served as a Marine aboard the Louisville, and I would like to hear anything from anyone that knew him. Thank you.
40. Anonymous says:
4 Mar 2015 01:27:38 PM

My uncle Richard Gonzales,from Texas,was a gunners mate on board the Louisville. He was wounded and taken to sick bay on the first day of the two day battle in Leyte. He was KIA at his battle station on the second day by a Kamikaze plane. He was buried at sea. I Like to hear from anyone who might have known him
41. Kari Schuyler-Wright says:
17 Mar 2015 05:35:04 PM

I was told by my father that his brother Duane Schuyler had served on the USS Louisville during WWII. If anyone finds this documentation or veteran that may remember him, I would greatly appreciate any information. He was from Durand Michigan but I do not know what his ranking status. Thank you.
42. Anonymous says:
19 Aug 2015 12:02:56 PM

My dad Robert (Bob) Thompson was on the Louisville during WWII. He served as a gunner's mate
43. Mary Barada Galindo says:
9 Oct 2015 07:25:04 PM

My father William D Barada (Bill) served aboard the Louisville from 1939-45. His best friends last name was Foster.....My dad was a boatswain as well as a gunner's mate (?). These men served all 4 yrs with only 35 days leave and had to sew their buddies up in body bags for burial at sea. He praised his capt, the one who'd died of his wounds from the Kamikaze attack.......I have his Man of War book and other Items...The best dad ever died at 83 yrs, 2006
44. william whitsonAnonymous says:
20 Nov 2015 05:14:20 PM

My brother John served on the Louisville. He left high scool to join. He is 89 and lives in branson mo. He never talked about the war till now. He was my hero.
45. Cheryl Murray says:
15 Jan 2016 07:18:06 PM

My grandmother Alma Rita Starr died in 1938 when the ferry Rodney capsized in Sydney Harbour. She was 31 years old. Many sailors on board the Louisville assisted in the rescue of the survivors. I have a photo taken of two the the sailors. The paper listed their names as R. Williams (Aviation Machinist) and R Crawford (Fireman). I believe they returned to Sydney for Alma's funeral. Does anyone have any further information about these two?
46. Ron Leininger says:
20 Feb 2016 05:53:20 AM

My father-in-law, James Brackney served on the USS Louisville from 1944 to March 20, 1946. He was a GM3c. He experienced some herific battles. He don't talk much about them but I have been able to get him to open up some in the latter years of his life. He now lives at Wapak Manor in Wapakoneta, Ohio. He will turn 91 this year. My father also served during WWII and like myself who served in Vietnam 1967 and 68 don't talk much about what happened. I respect all of those who served, saw things that have stuck in their minds PTSD all these years. May God bless all those who served and gave their ultimate sacrifice.
47. Anonymous says:
17 Mar 2016 02:30:31 AM

My grandfather Merrill "cub" Culbertson served on the louisville during ww2. He was a machinist mate and fireman. He received a metal for helping to extinguish the fire from the kamakazi hits. He made a knife and ring out of the metal from the plane that we still have. He passed away in 1994. The Greatest Generation.
48. Michael says:
18 Apr 2016 07:29:49 AM

My grandfather, Loyd Kilby Served on the Louisville (CA-28) Was a radar man. He told us stories of the day the kamikazes hit the bridge. He saw them pop up or his screen but apparently the range it was saying they were at was further out than the technology was suppose to be able to detect he told someone and they brushed it off as feedback. Once they received a call from the Australian navy that they had bogies heading their way, they took action. It was a rough day for everyone. My heart goes out to the families that were affected.
49. Lora Green says:
9 May 2016 08:35:47 PM

My dad Lewis Claxon served on Lady Lou during WWII and was a radar man. He was drafted into the war. He had just came off watch and was on deck when the kamikaze plane hit. He was very badly wounded but managed to make it out of the war. He will be 91 on the 11th this month. He like some others didn't make it home with all his things. But he does have the war book and I managed to get his medals that he didn't receive, replaced and gave to him on his 80th birthday. He needless to say overwhelmed. I look often to try to find anything I can find that came from or has any markings of the Louisville. He would love to hear from any shipmates still living. He has 3 friends locally that were also on the ship. If anyone is interested in speaking to him email me at basketlover_98@yahoo.com. I loved reading everyone's stories.
50. Minerich says:
8 Sep 2016 07:58:58 AM

my father John E Minerich served on the Loisville and was wounded during a kamikazi attack by one of the turrets, he will be 90 this september. the greatest generation ever!
51. Courtney says:
22 Nov 2016 08:53:00 PM

My grandfather Domingo Alvarez (95) passed away last night, he served on this ship in the engine room. :(
52. Glenn says:
13 Feb 2017 06:56:11 PM

My father served on the USS Louisville also in the engine room I look at the man of war book quite often
53. Glenn says:
13 Feb 2017 07:02:10 PM

My father served on the USS Louisville during World War II he also was in the engine room his name was Ernest Washim also known as Tex
54. Jim Gleason says:
15 Mar 2017 01:26:09 PM

My father also served in the Engine Room on the Louisville during WWII - he was a Chief Petty Officer. He mentioned "Tex" in several of his stories.
55. Mark says:
14 May 2017 08:34:20 AM

My uncle, Robert Lemelin, had just been relieved of his post when the 1st kamikaze hit. The strike apparently hit directly on his gun station His relief and best friend was killed. All this just 10 minutes after he was relieved. Messed my uncle up for the rest of his life.
56. Matt says:
19 Jun 2017 07:48:38 PM

My grandfather, John Hudson (Texas) served on Lady Lou from '42-'45. I would love to see any pictures anyone has.
57. Ralph R Hopkins says:
24 Jun 2017 11:16:35 AM

I Served on the Lady Lou 2/45 til decommissioning. My relief man on a 40mm quad was killed at Okinawa--he was Ronald Lucas. Best part of my life on the Lou--seems like yesterday. I wish I had a lot of pictures of friends. Now 6/2017
58. Lyle Iverson says:
23 Oct 2017 10:16:40 PM

My dad served on the Louisville. He was a quartermaster. The day the first kamikaze hit he was on the bridge the fireball rolled over him burning his hands and face. He was in sickbay on 6Jan. His best friend died in the bridge covering dad’s shift. He never reall got over that. Daddy died in Sept ‘74
59. Jack Houston says:
27 Nov 2017 07:21:38 PM

My father, Jack Houston, was a signalman 1st Class on the USS Louisville CA 28 and was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries received as a result of the Kamakazi hit which killed Adm. Chandler.
60. Janet Wetter says:
15 Jan 2018 08:57:38 AM

My dad, Edward "Luke" McCleary served on the USS Louisville too. I am trying to piece together the years, but I think in the 1943-45 range. He survived at least 2 kamikaze attacks. I believe he was a helmsman. Although he never spoke of the war until he was in his eighties, he did tell a story of refueling where he didn't do such a great steering job! He was expecting to get severely reprimanded, but didn't. As a kid, I remember seeing a pair of hand held signaling flags, maybe red and yellowy-orange and the book numerous others have mentioned. I don't know what happened to them. He passed away at 85 yrs old in 2005. He was a good man and I miss him. He was interviewed by a local newspaper reporter in 2001. This is a link to the article: http://www.montrosepress.com/mccleary-saved-lives-following-kamikaze-attack/article_5843cae8-1270-58cb-beb1-a272c964a3ab.html
61. Dave Taylor says:
19 Feb 2018 11:34:33 PM

My Dad's Uncle served on the Louisville. His name was RAY TAYLOR. Would anybody have known him. He was from Gillespie, Illinois.
62. Kit Hill says:
17 Mar 2018 01:13:18 PM

My dad ,W, James Hill, served as supply officer and radio officer on the Louisville during the war. He told us of Guadalcanal and several other battles. He very briefly acknowledged knowing about "Magic" and "Ultra" but kept the secrets til his death.
63. Terrylee Dembowski says:
23 Apr 2018 08:49:19 AM

My neighbor is trying to locate his relative named WELCOME THOMAS who served aboard the Louisville during the 2nd World War.. Does anyone know anything about him ?
64. Scott Johnson says:
2 Jun 2018 09:29:11 AM

My grandpa Donald C Johnson served on this ship during WWII as a radioman. He is still alive today, and has told me many stories of his time on this ship while I was growing up.
65. Joe Homyak says:
17 Jun 2018 11:29:04 AM

My father, Joe Homyak, served aboard the Louisville during WWII as a radarman. He was aboard when it entered Pearl in December 1941 and during its Pacific campaign. He passed away in 1971 but I’d love to hear from anyone who knew him or of him.
66. Jamie Marcantonio says:
1 Sep 2018 06:38:12 AM

My Dad Joseph Dougher was on the USS Louisville during World War II. He passed in 2011 at the age of 88.Is there anyone still alive that was on the same cruiser. I believe he was a gunners mate
67. Scott Ogburn, Ph.D. says:
10 Oct 2018 06:03:39 AM

My Grandfather Rear Admiral
Alexander Somerville Wotherspoon was Captain U.S. Navy, of the
Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. Louisville
during the Aleutian Campaign

of WW II.
68. J C says:
29 Dec 2018 11:41:15 PM

My father rode the USS Louisville at 19 years old into WW2 and ended up in Okinawa.
My father was Jack Croy from Sedalia Missouri, he was a gunners mate and then a gunner. He and his fellow sailors came home with a magnificent 13 battle stars.
69. Anonymous says:
22 Feb 2019 08:22:52 PM

Where can I find the seaman that we’re assigned to this ship? My great Uncle served in Navy during WWII and I thought he was in this ship in the pacific but was wounded...I thought prior to US involvement in War...Aleutian or Marshall Islands . Would love to find out which ship he served .
70. Karen Burton says:
18 Jun 2019 09:26:26 PM

My Father Rex J Burton was on the USS Louisville in WWII. I have the pipe smoked by the Kamakazi that hit the ship. Many original pictures of the ship and some crew. I would like more info on my father, what he did on the ship and just any info I can get.
71. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
18 Jun 2019 10:14:35 PM

Karen Burton (above):
According to the Louisville Muster Rolls, Seaman Rex Junior Burton, service number 612 22 26, was received aboard 30 Oct 1942 in San Francisco. On 1 May 1943 he was advanced in rating to Radioman 3rd-class, so it appears he was a radioman. The best source of information on your father’s service is his service record, which is probably still available. See https://ww2db.com/faq/#3 for how to order a copy.
72. Anonymous says:
15 Oct 2019 11:23:13 AM

My Grandfather served aboard the Louisville in WII but we have no idea which period? Dee Regester, Texas. I’ve been told his records were burned in a warehouse fire? Anyway you have access to muster sheets aboard USS Louisville?
73. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
15 Oct 2019 06:03:11 PM

Anonymous (above):
The Louisville Muster Rolls are very complete. James Dee Register, Jr., service number 624 40 07, enlisted 20 Feb 1942 in Houston, Texas. He reported aboard Louisville 22 May 1942 from the Receiving Station, San Francisco. He was elevated to Hospital Apprentice 1 Nov 1944 and left Louisville 10 Nov 1944 for shore duty in a Naval Hospital (it doesn’t say which one). The next day he was received aboard the cargo ship USS Cheleb at Ulithi for transportation to the United States and his trail in the Muster Rolls runs cold at that point. The only other interesting item from the Muster Rolls was that he was transferred from Louisville to the base hospital at Mare Island, California for 11 days “for treatment” in Dec 1943 (it doesn’t say why).

There was a fire in 1973 that destroyed many World War II service records and they are lost forever. The National Archives still recommends that interested parties submit a request for service records since their “staff often is able to locate basic information relevant to a person’s service from other records in their custody.” See https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records.
74. David A Kren says:
11 Nov 2019 04:25:02 PM

My father served on the USS Louisville during WWII. Are there any crew lists or pictures available?
75. Jeff says:
15 Feb 2020 02:11:50 PM

My daddy Ben Thomas Warbritton served on the Louisville. I was try to find out what time period he was on her.
76. JeffAnonymous says:
16 Feb 2020 10:16:07 AM

I remember hearing my daddy talking about picking up the gold in South Africa. He said he got transferred to another ship when it went back out an the kamikaze flew into tarik two where he was stationed.
77. Tony Trotta says:
18 Apr 2020 12:05:46 PM

My dad Enrico Trotta S1C was on the USS Louisville CA 28 from 1943-46 and passed in 2017 at age almost 93. Here is his story:
Rear Admiral Theodore E. Chandler
By Enrico Trotta

Heroic and brave Rear Admiral Theodore E. Chandler died on January 7, 1945 at Lingayen Gulf,
Philippines aboard flagship USS Louisville (CA-28).

It was January 5, 1945, at Lingayen Gulf, Philippines, when I was a 20 year old Seaman First Class at my 20 mm gun station on the port side of the ship below the Number 2 Main Battery
8 inch 55 caliber guns when the Japanese suicide planes came to attack. The flagship USS Louisville (CA-28) heavy cruiser with Rear Admiral Theodore E. Chandler in command was hit by a kamikaze which killed one man, injured 17 men, and completely knocked out of commission Number 2 Main Battery 8 inch gun turret. The USS Louisville held her position in formation to continue her mission of bombardment. The escort carrier USS Ommaney Bay (CVE-79) was also hit by the kamikazes and was sunk. The kamikazes were everywhere, difficult to shoot down, and loaded with gas and bombs.
On January 6 th, about 20 Japanese suicide planes made an attack on the fleet. We were able to shoot down five or more planes, but one kamikaze slipped through our ship’s massive AA gun fire and the Louisville was hit at the starboard side signal bridge. A loud explosion blast and massive ball of fire shot over the bridge area where Admiral Chandler was commanding, which also killed 36 men and injured 120 men or more. No one on the port side of the ship was injured. I looked up at Number 2 Main Battery Turret and saw Admiral Chandler with a water hose in his hands aiding crew members trying to put out the massive gasoline fireball and black smoke which went higher than the Louisville’s 125 foot tall tripod superstructure. It seemed to take forever to put out the flames while all the gun crews were watching for more suicide plane attacks. Admiral Chandler was later helped to sick bay and I was told he waited his turn for medical treatment Admiral Chandler sadly and with great loss died the next morning on
January 7, 1945.
Years later, at one of our Louisville reunions I asked our ship’s doctor who was Dr. Winston Johnson, what was the fatal cause of death of Admiral Chandler? Dr. Johnson said he asked Admiral Chandler what he was in sick bay for because he showed no signs of an injury. When Admiral Chandler took off his shirt Dr. Johnson found that he inhaled the flames which severely
burned his lungs.
I will always remember and can still see the heroic and brave Rear Admiral Chandler on deck helping to put out the fire to save his ship and lives with other heroic and brave crew members of the Louisville. The Louisville headed to Mare Island Navy Yard for major repairs to make her battle ready to return to the Pacific campaign.
To this day, I can say I was a part of history and witnessed some of the worst tragedies serving on the Louisville. I couldn’t have served my country with a greater crew and a heroic and brave Admiral like Rear Admiral Theodore E. Chandler.
I know they will be remembered. Well Done.

By: Enrico Trotta S1c
USS Louisville CA 28
Served December 14, 1943 to March 7, 1946
78. Tony Trotta says:
20 Apr 2020 08:06:22 AM

USS Louisville June 5, 1945 - Last Kamikaze attack Okinawa by Enrico Trotta S1C USS Louisville CA 28 who passed in 2017 at almost age 93:
USS LOUISVILLE CA 28 Heavy Cruiser
Last Kamikaze attack June 5, 1945
The USS Louisville arrived at Mare Island for repairs from the last kamikaze damage. I was given a 24 day leave in March of 1945. Repairs to the Louisville were completed on May 9, 1945 to make her ship shape. We took aboard 50 officers and 100 other staff members of Admiral Halsey staff who were to be transported to the battleship U.S.S. Missouri BB 63. The Louisville tied up along side the Missouri to transfer his staff at Guam. We left his staff and headed for Okinawa arriving on May 23, 1945. We were assigned for fire support for troops on the Island and fired many rounds of main battery 8 inch 55 cal. projectiles and 5 inch 25 cal. star shells. On June 5, 1945 we were assigned to picket duty on the Southern end of the Island to protect it from small Japanese boats. At 1923, two planes which were identified as friendly flew around and one kamikaze dove onto the battleship USS Mississippi BB 41. The other kamikaze plane turned to the Louisville and started to make a run on us. I was on No. #4 - 20 mm AA gun mount on the port side below #2 main battery and I fired 58 rounds to set the kamikaze plane on fire prior to hitting the Louisville’s front smoke stack bending and twisting it and killing 9 men on the 40 mm gun mount mounting on the forward superstructure tripod about 140 feet from our gun mount. The kamikaze also cut our sea plane off and left only the pontoon on the catapult.
Three other 20 AA mm gun crews opened up firing 4, 11, and 20 rounds as well. We were not told to fire for we did it on our own. We were only manning the guns at the time and were not on general quarters. Later, the officers came by and said good job. On June 13, 1945 we were ordered to Pearl Harbor for repairs and were there for about 6 weeks. After repairs to the Louisville were completed we were testing the ship on August 6, 1945 and heard about the atomic bomb which could end the war. Great news for I thought the war was never going to end and prayed it would.
I could not have served my country with better crew than those
of the USS Louisville. Well done to the crew of the USS Louisville CA 28.
God bless our service men and women – past and present!

By: Enrico Trotta
Served aboard the USS Louisville CA 28
From 1943-46 as a S1c
20 mm AA gun crew
79. Kirt Cahill says:
6 Dec 2020 07:17:00 PM

My grandfather was Merl Cahill who worked in the engine room and his younger brother was James Cahill who was a gunner on the Louisville during these attacks. I didn’t get to see Granddad very often and only heard a few stories from him about his time of service. The conversations we had 20+ years ago before his passing are hard to recollect but I remember him saying that James manned a gun by himself during one of these attacks and fired so many rounds the gun overheated and jammed. He was so pumped up with adrenaline he was able to change out the barrel by himself to keep firing. He said the barrels weighed a couple hundred pounds each so this was a feat in itself. During the fight and aftermath he told Granddad he ate a whole can of Copenhagen and didn’t realize it. In the same story James also had told him the part of the throwing of the pilots remains over the side as well as clearing the deck. I can’t remember if it was Granddad or James who got it but while clearing what was left of the kamikaze plane off the deck they broke the control stick off and kept it. My Great Granddad gave it to me some 40 years ago the only time I got to meet him before he passed when I was 6 or 7. Thank goodness I haven’t misplaced it and am honored to pass it down to my son. He also brought home a sword and Hara Kiri knife he picked up when boarding a captured Japanese vessel. I can’t remember details but remember him laughing about the bunks all having lines filled with rice wine or Sake’ running to them. He figured they all had to stay drunk to keep fighting .. My dad said that throughout his childhood his father never spoke much of his service or the war. But as a kid dad remembers vividly that his dad was plagued with nightmares for years and that was some 15-20 years after his service ended. The last time I saw Granddad he gave me a book to read about one of his shipmates called “The Wonderful World of John Duffy”. He had just read it and I guess it brought back a flood of memories. I heard some great stories that night. He was so proud of Lady Lou and his mates. God Bless Them All...
Kirt Cahill
80. Dr Eugene Banks Pendleton III says:
10 Jan 2021 10:55:13 AM

My father Eugene Banks Pendleton Jr lieutenant commander USN Reserve went to Annapolis but left after his junior year he left to attend Vanderbilt Medical School. After Pearl Harbor he was activated and sent to Northwestern University to teach navigation to the NROTC students. After six months he was assigned to the USS Louisville(he requested her because he was from Kentucky ,they let you do that back then)
He joined the crew in Australia and was assigned to the position of gunnery officer and stationed in the large tower behind the second turret.
During the battle of Leyte Gulf a kamakaze struck the bridge and killed the admiral,captain,and so badly burned the executive officer he couldn’t perform his duties.
So they threw an extra phone to my father and he ran the battle for four hours before they got other ranking officers on the ship. He received two letters of commendation one from Chester Nimitz and one from Admiral Halsey
The Louisville limped back to Mare island in Oakland Harbor
My mom flew to San Francisco
My mom and dad shared a quanset hut with another officer and his wife
I was conceived in that hut on or around Valentines Day
My birthday is November 11 1945
So if not for that kamakaze pilot I would’t be here today!
Just turned 75
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
81. Fr. Bill Stenzel says:
12 Mar 2021 03:56:53 PM

In 1982 I was entrusted with all of the letters to home from my uncle, Lt. jg John Stenzel. He died on Jan 6, 1945 in the second of two kamikaze attacks, Jan 5/6, 1945. The letters began in Feb 1943 thru his last letters written in Dec 1944. I “met” my uncle 38 years after his death when I began to experience his personality through his letters. The pandemic has afforded the opportunity to read and copy the whole set . This week I was invited to share my experience of the letters with a high school class taking a course in WW II literature. First time I’ve shared some of the letters outside our family. What an experience. I have the telegram sent to my grandparents and left in their mailbox informing them of his death.
Most important has been my contact 35 years ago with men with whom he served on the Lady Lou. How powerful to know that then, sixty years after the war my uncle was remembered by guys who came home. One, another communication officer, shared that he would never forget my uncle because the night before he had been on duty in the location that my uncle was killed the next night. He said that for all those years he had thought he should try to find survivors of men who died in action.
Another, a radio man, reached out and told me that he had daily contact with my uncle in the communication bridge.
Last November, thanks to Zoom, my generation and the two generations descended from us, observed the date of what would have been my Uncle Jack’s 100th birthday on 11-20-20.
And all in our family honor all who sacrificed for our freedoms.
May they all be at peace forever.
82. Kevin says:
14 Apr 2021 11:00:45 AM

My Grandfather served on Lady Lou from 1940-46. He was a Gunners Mate and then a Chief Gunners Mate. His name was Eugene(Jocko)Herbert also known as(Herbie) My understanding he was quite the Fleet boxer as well. I am looking for any stories or info about his service as he passed in 2000.
83. jon snider says:
14 Apr 2021 10:26:25 PM

Great-uncle by marriage Odus Dean Moorman killed on Louisville Jan, 1946. Heard duty sta was gun hit directly by Kamikaze. Was MIA for a long time and finally declared KIA after piece of ID bracelet found. Anybody know of him?
84. R Greg Schmidt says:
10 Jun 2021 08:40:30 AM

My Dad was on the Lady Lou and wounded in the 2nd Kamakazie attack on the 6th. As indicated in the other comments it hit the bridge and killed 28 with 10 more MIA and presumed dead and 6 wounded of which 3 more would die later from wounds. My Dad was one of 3 who survived the attack. He was not unscathed, however. He had burns over 60% of his body and spent the next two years in Navy hospitals in Pearl Harbor, and later in North Dakota. The scars were with him the rest of his life, physical and emotional.
85. David says:
5 Aug 2021 11:07:54 AM

Looking for any information about a George William McNulty of Braintree, MA. ? He was assigned to the USS LOUISVILLE during WWII.

Any full crew list available?

86. Bill Nessink says:
20 Jan 2022 01:42:04 PM

My Brother, Paul served on this ship during WW II
87. Ben says:
8 Apr 2023 06:29:29 PM

My father John L. Neil served on board after the USS Oklahoma sinking at Pearl. Yes his was onboard and survived. He spent the duration of the war on the this ship. He suffered from PTSD as do many war veterans.

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