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USS BOSTON

(CAG-1)

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The USS BOSTON (CAG-1), a Baltimore class cruiser, was commissioned on 30 JUN 1943. USS BOSTON served her country for 26 years, 10 months and 5 days, until decommissioned on 5 MAY 1970.

The USS BOSTON (CAG-1) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

CAG-1 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUN 1941 Keel Date: 30 JUN 1941
AUG 1942 Launch Date: 26 AUG 1942
JUN 1943 Commissioned: 30 JUN 1943
NOV 1955 - NOV 1955 Recommisioning
JUN 1957 - Shellback Initiation - 27 JUN 1957 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1957 - DEC 1957 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
JUN 1958 - SEP 1958 Mediterranean - Lebanon Crisi
MAY 1959 - Shellback Initiation - 9 MAY 1959 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY 1959 - Shellback Initiation - 9 MAY 1959 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY 1959 - Shellback Initiation - 18 MAY 1959 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY 1959 - Shellback Initiation - 18 MAY 1959 - Atlantic Ocean
APR 1960 - AUG 1963 Cuban Missle Blockade
JUL 1960 - FEB 1961 Mediterranean
SEP 1960 - SEP 1960 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
SEP 1960 - DEC 1960 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
APR 1961 - APR 1961 Bay of Pigs
MAY 1961 - MAY 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion (CUBA)
MAR 1962 - Shellback Initiation - 27 MAR 1962 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1962 - MAR 1963 Mediterranean
OCT 1963 - OCT 1963 Cuban Missle Blockade
OCT 1964 - NOV 1964 Operation Steel Pike- Largest peacetime amphibious landing
SEP 1965 - APR 1966 Mediterranean
MAR 1967 - OCT 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR 1967 - NOV 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 15 SEP 1968 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 6 SEP 1968 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 6 SEP 1968 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1969 - OCT 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1969 - JAN 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1969 - NOV 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1970 Decommissioned: 5 MAY 1970

CAG-1 General Specifications

Complement: 1 142 officers and enlisted

Displacement: 13600 tons

Length: 673 feet 3 inches

Beam: 71 feet 10 inches

Draft: 26 feet 10 in

Flank Speed: 33 knots



USS BOSTON (CAG-1)



The sixth Boston (CA-69) was launched 26 August 1942 by Bethlehem Steel Co. Fore River Mass.; sponsored by Mrs. M. J. Tobin wife of the Mayor of Boston; and commissioned 30 June 1943 Captain J. H. Carson in command.

Boston reported to the Pacific Fleet arriving at Pearl Harbor 6 December 1943. She joined TF 58 in January and took part in the raids on the Marshall Islands in support of the invasions of Kwajalein Majuro and Eniwetok (31 January-28 February 1944); Palaus and Western Carolines (30 March-1 April); Hollandia and Western New Guinea (21-24 April); Truk including Satawan Island bombardment (29 April-1 May); invasion of Saipan (11-24 June); 1st Bonins raid (15-16 June); Battle of the Philippine Sea (19-20 June); 2nd Bonins raid (24-26 June); 3rd Bonins raid (3-4 July) invasion of Guam (12 July-15 August); Palau-Yap-Ulithi raid (25-27 July); Morotai landings (15 September); seizure of the southern Palaus (6 September-14 October); and Philippine Islands raids (9-24 September). She served with TF 38 during the Okinawa raid (10 October); northern Luzon and Formosa raid (11-14 October); Luzon raids (15 and 24-26 October 13-14 and 19-20 November and 14-16 December); Battle for Leyte Gulf (24 26 October); Formosa raids (3-4 9 15 and 21 January 1945); Luzon raids (6-7 January); China coast raids (12 and 16 January); Nansei Shoto raid (22 January); Honshu and Nansei Shoto raids (15-16 February and 1 March) in which she bombarded Japan itself.

Boston then returned to the United States for overhaul arriving at Long Beach Calif. 25 March 1945. Returning to the Western Pacific via Pearl Harbor and Eniwetok she joined TF 38 for the raids on the Japanese home islands (20 July-15 August) including the bombardment of Kamaishi Honshu (9 August). Following the Japanese surrender Boston remained in the Far East on occupation duty until 28 February 1946. She then returned to the United States and was placed out of commission in reserve at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 12 March 1946.

Boston was reclassified CAG-1 4 January 1952. In February 1952 she was towed from Bremerton Wash. to Philadelphia for conversion to a guided missile heavy cruiser by New York Shipbuilding Corp. Camden N. J. During conversion her after-8" turret was replaced with anti-aircraft missile launchers and she was otherwise modernized. Boston was recommissioned 1 November 1955 and operated along the east coast and in the Caribbean conducting missile evaluations and participating in fleet exercises until departing for the Mediterranean 23 November 1956. She returned in May 1957.

Boston received ten battle stars for her World War II service.

[Note: The above USS BOSTON (CAG-1) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS BOSTON (CAG-1) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]