CA-135 General Specifications
Class: Baltimore-class cruiser
Complement: 1142 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 13600 tons
Length: 674 feet 11 inches
Beam: 70 feet 10 inches
Draft: 20 feet 6 in
Final Disposition: Sold for scrap 16 May 1975
USS LOS ANGELES (CA-135)
The third Los Angeles (CA‑135) was
laid down by the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pa., 28 July 1943;
launched 20 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Fletcher Bowron; and commissioned 22
July 1945, Capt. John A. Snackenberg in command.
After shakedown out of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Los
Angeles sailed 15 October for the Par East via the west coast and arrived
Shanghai, China, 3 January 1946. During the next year she operated with the 7th
Fleet along the coast of China and in the western Pacific to the Marianas. She
returned to San Francisco, Calif., 21 January 1947; decommissioned at Hunter's
Point 9 April 1948; and entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet Los Angeles recommissioned
27 January 1951, Capt. Robert N. McFarlane in command. In response to the
American effort to thwart Communist aggression in the Republic of South Korea,
she sailed for the Far East 14 May and joined naval operations off the eastern
coast of Korea 31 May as flagship for Rear Adm. Arleigh A. Burke's CRUDIV 5.
During the next 6 months she ranged the coastal waters of the Korean Peninsula
from Hungnam in the east to Haeju in the west while her guns pounded enemy
coastal positions. After returning to the United States 17 December for
overhaul and training, she made her second deployment to Korean waters 9
October 1952 and participated 11 October in a concentrated shelling of enemy
bunkers and observation points at Koji‑ni. During the next few months,
she continued to provide off off‑shore shore gunfire support for American
ground operations, and in addition she cruised the Sea of Japan with fast
carriers of the 7th Fleet. While participating in the bombardment of Wonsan
late in March and early in April 1953, she received minor damage from enemy
shore batteries, but continued operations until sailing for the west coast in mid‑April.
She arrived Long Beach 15 May.
Between November 1953 and June 1963 Los
Angeles made eight more deployments to the Far East where she served as a
cruiser division flagship with the 7th Fleet in support of keeping the peace
operations in that troubled part of the world. Her operations sent her from the
coast of Japan to the Sea of Japan, the Yellow Sea, and the East and South
China Seas; and with units of the mighty 7th Fleet she steamed to American
bases in the Philippines and Okinawa, as well as to Allied bases In South
Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, and Formosa. During the Quemoy‑Matsu crisis
in 1956, she patrolled the Formosa Strait to help protect Formosa. from
possible invasion from Communist China.
When not deployed in the western Pacific, Los
Angeles operated out of Long Beach along the west coast and in the Pacific
to the Hawaiian Islands. She returned to Long Beach from her final Far East
deployment 20 June 1963. She decommissioned at Long Beach 15 November 1963 and
entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet at San Diego, where she remains into 1969.
Los Angeles received five battle stars for service
during the Korean conflict.
[Note: The above USS LOS ANGELES (CA-135) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS LOS ANGELES (CA-135), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]