CA-38 U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO
War Diary and Action Reports November 1942,

                               War Diary
                         U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO

                            For the Period
                   November 1, to November 30, 1942

    General:

              This diary contains only such information as is 
considered to be of interest in regard to the part the San 
Francisco is playing in the actual conduct of the war.  
Administrative functions and routine affairs are not included 
unless of some special interest.

              All changes of course, speed, etc., are not 
included. Course and speed made good from 1200 of the previous 
day to 1200 are given daily with positions at 0800, 1200, and 
2000, local zone time.

              Zigzags when with convoy are from mersigs unless 
otherwise specified. Zigzags when not with convoy are from 
general tactical instructions or other navy standard publication 
unless otherwise specified.

              Normally, ship goes to general quarters one hour 
prior to sunrise and re-sets condition three at sunrise. From 
sunset to morning general quarters, the ship is in condition two. 
When in condition 1 and 2, condition Z is normally maintained, 
and in condition 3, condition Y.




ZONE DESCR.  -11                                DATE November 1, 1942

LZT       GCT       TASK FORCE 65  TASK GROUP 65.4  TASK UNIT

0000      1300      At sea with Task Force 65.  Hunter Ligett, fleet
                    Guide.  Zigzagging on base course 355, speed 14.
0140      1440      Course 315.
0240      1540      Course 283.
0900      2200      Course 308.
0925      2225      Sighted Espiritu Santo, 227° True, 7 Miles.
1300      0200      Course 315.
                    Task Force 65 enroute to reinforce Guadalcanal
                    In accordance with CTF 64 Op Order C-1, of
                    October 29, 1942


                              POSITIONS
0800                LAT 14-30 S   LONG 167-18 E
1200                LAT 14-06 S   LONG 166-32 E
2000                LAT 12-56 S   LONG 165-19 E
1200                COURSE 321 T SPEED 13.2 Knots


ZONE DESCR.  -11                                DATE November 2, 1942

LZT       GCT       TASK FORCE 65  TASK GROUP 65.4  TASK UNIT
0000      1300      Steaming as OTC, Task Force 65 on course 315°,
                    Speed 14.  Hunter Ligett as fleet guide.
0327      1627      Radar contact on 2 planes bearing 260°T, distance
                    14 miles.
0628      1928      Course 350 T.
0824      2124      Sighted B-17, bearing 080° T, distance 5 miles.
0925      2225      Course 030 T.
0953      2253      Course 330° T.
1030      2330      Course 290° T.
1048      2348      Course 300° T.
1217      0117      Course 020° T.
1350      0250      Course 245° T.
1505      0405      Course 205° T.
1530      0430      Sighted Pensacola and 4 destroyers bearing 183°,
                    Distance 15 miles.
1559      0459      Course 295° T.
1640      0540      Course 300° T.
1645      0540      Pensacola and 4 destroyers joined formation (TG
                    65.7).
1810      0710      Course 150° T.
1930      0830      Course 120° T.
2250      1150      Speed 15 Knots.
2358      1258      Course 270° T.


                              POSITIONS
0800                LAT 11-07 S   LONG 163-31.5 E
1200                LAT 10-22 S   LONG 163-02 E
2000                LAT 10-27 S   LONG 162-30 E
1200                COURSE 320° T SPEED 12.3 Knots

ZONE DESCR.  -11                                DATE November 3, 1942

LZT       GCT       TASK FORCE 65  TASK GROUP 65.4  TASK UNIT
0000      1300      Steaming at OTC Task Force course 270°T, speed 15 
                    knots. San Francisco as guide.
0422      1222      McCalla left station to investigate contact 
                    reported by Helena (radar).
0431      1731      McCalla dropped depth charges and reported heavy
                    under water explosions. Believed, to have 
                    destroyed enemy submarines.
0500      1800      Sighted San Cristabol Island bearing 020°T, 
                    distance 22 miles.
0555      1855      Speed 17 knots.
0640      1940      Course 150°T.
1000      2300      Atlanta and destroyers joined formation (TG 65.3)
1141      0041      Course 075°T.
1143      0041      Course 090°T.
1147      0047      Course 075°T.
1230      0130      Course 055°T.
1312      0234      Course 015°T
1434      0334      Sighted Fomalhaut bearing 005°T, 14 miles.
1435      0335      Speed 15 knots.
1441      0341      Course 000°T.
1446      2346      Transports of Task Force joined formation.
1525      0427      Fomalhaut joined formation.
1540      0440      Course 300°T.
1630      0530      Task force 65.4 formed approach disposition as
                    support force steaming ahead of transports under
                    respective group commanders.
1825      0725      Sighted Southard ahead.
1840      0740      Passed between San Cristobal and Ulawa Islands.
1900      0800      Course 280°T, speed 14 knots.
2000      0900      Ship went to general quarters.
2200      1100      Course 315°T.
2250      1150      Radar contact on several surface ships bearing
                    080°T distance 8 miles.  Believed to be friendly.
2330      1230      Speed 16 knots.
2341      1241      Speed 18 knots.


                              POSITIONS
0800                LAT 11-09 S   LONG 161-17 E
1200                LAT 11-13 S   LONG 162-21.5 E
2000                LAT 09-59 S   LONG 161-47 E
1200                COURSE 230° T SPEED 13.3 Knots

ZONE DESCR.  -11                                DATE November 4, 1942

LZT       GCT       TASK FORCE 65  TASK GROUP 65.4  TASK UNIT
0000      1300      Steaming as OTC and guide Task Group 65.4
                    (San Francisco, Helena, Laffey, Sterrett, and
                    Buchanan) on course 315°T, speed 18 knots. Ship is 
                    at general quarters.
0027      1327      Speed 15 knots.
0044      1344      Course 280°T.
0121      1421      Course 320°T.
0126      1426      Course 000°T
0130      1430      Course 060°T.
0146      1446      Speed 13 knots-maneuvering on various courses in 
                    Indispensable Strait. Task Group 65.6 (Eastern 
                    Landing Group) Task Group 65.5 (Eastern Transport 
                    Group)and Task Group 65.7 (Eastern Screening 
                    Group) passed Task Group 65.4 some time during 
                    night to effect landing transports Aola Bay. Task 
                    Group 65.1 (Transport group and Task Group 65.3 
                    (screening group) proceeded through Sealark 
                    Channel during early morning.
0520      1820      Speed 17 knots.
0520      1820      Sighted 3 destroyers 310°T, distance 5 miles. 
                    Identified as friendly.
0537      1837      Course 260°T.
0550      1850      Secured from general quarter.
0555      1855      Observed AA firing on port quarter.
0600      1900      Course 265°T.
0729      2029      Speed 6 knots.
0740      2040      Received surf boat alongside with 2 marine liaison
                    officers.
0739      2039      Destroyers commenced shelling Kokumbona.
0740      2040      Observed AA bursts on beach.
0850      2150      Speed 10 knots.
0758      2058      Sounded general quarters.
0814      2114      Launched one plane to spot for shore bombardment.
0830      2130      Commenced maneuvering on various course and speeds 
                    for shore bombardment.
0837      2137      Commenced firing runs on Kohambona and Koli Point 
                    as requested by Com.Gen. Guadalcanal. Expended 
                    810 rounds 5° ammunition and 229 rounds 8".
1113      0013      Secured from general quarters.
1150      0050      Sounded general quarters.  Air raid warning. 
                    Transports of group 65.1 underway.  Maneuvered at 
                    various courses and speeds as AA screen around 
                    transports.
1305      0205      Transports returned to unload.
1320      0220      Secured from general Quarters.
1357      0257      Marine officers left the ship.
1456      0356      Hoisted in plane to port.
1513      0413      Hoisted in plane to port.
1633      0533      Sounded AA defense.  Guadalcanal reported 
                    Aircraft bearing 300°T, distance 9 miles.
1637      0537      Aircraft reported as friendly.
1640      0540      Secured from a AA defense.
1747      0647      Various courses and speeds passing through Sealash 
                    Channel.
1218      0712      Sounded general quarters. On various courses and
                    speeds during night off Aola Bay. AOLA Bay
                    transports continued unloading. Task Group 65.1
                    and 65.3 entered Indispensable Strait for night
                    to return early morning to continue unloading. 
2313      1213      Sighted friendly ships bearing 312°T, distance
                    5,250 yards.
2330      1230      Task group 65.3 took station astern of Helena.


                              POSITIONS
0800                LAT 09-22 S   LONG 160-01 E
1200                LAT 09-19 S   LONG 160-05 E
2000                LAT 09-15 S   LONG 160-49 E
1200                COURSE 311° T SPEED 10 Knots

ZONE DESCR.  -11                                DATE November 5, 1942

LZT       GCT       TASK FORCE 65  TASK GROUP 65.4  TASK UNIT
0000      1300      Maneuvering as before.
0343      1643      Task Group 65.3 left formation.
0550      1850      Secured from general quarters. Maneuvering at 
                    Various courses and speeds as AA screen for Aola 
                    landing group.
1050      2350      Sounded general quarters. Enemy aircraft reported 
                    approaching Guadalcanal (24 Zeros, 27 twin-engine 
                    bombers). Transports underway joined formation. 
                    Bombers reported to have bombed airfield from high 
                    altitude.
1221      0121      Secured from general quarters.
1220      0120      Transports returned to unload.
1400      0300      Task Group 65.1 and 65.3 completed unloading, 
                    passed Aola Bay heading in a southeasterly 
                    direction. Radar contact (identified as friendly).
1839      0739      Sounded general quarters.
1843      0743      Secured from general quarters.
2253      1153      Sighted searchlight beams over Guadalcanal.


                              POSITIONS
0800                LAT 09-25 S   LONG 160-37 E
1200                LAT 09-29 S   LONG 160-32 E
2000                LAT 09-21 S   LONG 160-41 E
1200                COURSE 117° T SPEED 16 Knots

ZONE DESCR.  -11                                DATE November 6, 1942

LZT       GCT       TASK FORCE 65  TASK GROUP 65.4  TASK UNIT
0000      1300      Steaming as before.
0014      1514      Observed searchlights and flares over Savo Island.
0130      1430      Transport group completed unloading and got 
                    underway.
0212      1512      Sounded general quarters. 2 enemy ships reported 
                    near Savo Island.
0237      1537      Course 090°T,
0240      1540      Pensacola end destroyers joined formation.
0318      1618      Course ll0°T.
0325      1625      Speed 16 knots.
0445      1745      Course 130°T.
0546      1846      Secured from general quarters.
0835      2135      Sighted friendly ships bearing l00°T, distance 16 
                    miles.
1318      0218      Course 100°T.
1441      0341      Course 150°T
1526      0426      Course 170°T.
1731      0631      Course 230°T.
1734      0634      Speed 18 knots.
1824      0724      Course 180°T.
                    Task group 65.4 covering retirement of transports 
                    And screening groups proceeding Espiritu Santo. 
                    Task Group 65.4 as reorganized comprises 
                    San Francisco, Helena, Sterret, Gwin, Buchanan, 
                    Laffey. This group also designated Task Force 65.


                              POSITIONS
0800                LAT 09-51.5 S LONG 161-33 E
1200                LAT 10-09 S   LONG 162-32.5 E
2000                LAT 11-45 S   LONG 162-58.2 E
1200                COURSE 109° T SPEED 5.8 Knots

ZONE DESCR.  -11                                DATE November 7, 1942

LZT       GCT       TASK FORCE 65  TASK GROUP 65.4  TASK UNIT
0000      1300      Steaming as before as OTC Teak Force 65
                    and fleet guide Task Group 65.4. Course
                    180° speed 15 knots.
0540      1840      Course 140°T.
0553      1853      Course 100°T.
0602      1902      Speed 16 knots.
1335      0235      Launched plane for Espiritu Santo.
1933      0833      Speed 15 knots.
2043      0943      Course 110°T.


                              POSITIONS
0800                LAT 14-05 S   LONG 163-25 E
1200                LAT 14-14 S   LONG 164-19 E
2000                LAT 14-22.5 S LONG 166-24 E
1200                COURSE 157° T SPEED 12.5 Knots

ZONE DESCR.  -11                                DATE November 8, 1942

LZT       GCT       TASK FORCE 65  TASK GROUP 65.4  TASK UNIT
0000      1300      Steaming as before with Task Force 65.  San 
                    Francisco fleet guide.  Zigzagging on base course 
                    110° T. Speed 15 knots
0134      1434      Course 155°T.
0147      1447      Course 195°T.
0236      1536      USS Sterret reported radar contact bearing 295°T, 
                    distant 3000 yards.  USS Buchanan ordered to 
                    investigate.  Investigation negative.
0239      1539      Commenced steaming on various courses at various 
                    speeds approaching Espiritu Santo.
0446      1746      Launched one aircraft for anti-submarine patrol.
0619      1919      Moored starboard side to Guadalupe in Second
                    Channel, Espiritu Santo.
0847      2147      Shifted berths, mooring in berth Y-1, Second 
                    Channel.

ZONE DESCR.  -11                                DATE November 9, 1942

LZT       GCT       TASK FORCE   TASK GROUP   TASK UNIT
0000      1300      Anchored as before in Second Channel, Espiritu 
                    Santo.
1330      0230      Captain Cassin Young, U.S. Navy relieved Captain 
                    C. H. McMorris, U.S. Navy as Commanding officer 
                    this vessel.
1513      0413      Shifted berth to X-6, Second Channel.

ZONE DESCR.  -11                                DATE November 10, 1942

LZT       GCT       TASK FORCE 67  TASK GROUP 67.4  TASK UNIT
0000      1300      Anchored as before in Second Channel, Espiritu
                    Santo.
0603      1903      Underway in accordance with orders of CTF 67, as 
                    Flagship of Task Group 67.4, composed of cruisers 
                    San Francisco, Helena, Pensaco1a, and four
                    screening destroyers.
0648      1648      Clear of Espiritu Santo.  Destroyers formed anti-
                    Submarine screen on cruisers. Cruisers in column 
                    from van to rear, San Francisco, Helena, 
                    Pensacola.  Steaming on various courses at 
                    various speeds approaching and passing through
                    Bougainville Straits.
0755      2055      Commenced zigzagging on case course 270°T, speed 
                    15 knots.
1000      2300      Course 320°T.
1239      0139      Sighted plane bearing 035°T, distant 8 miles. 
                    Identified as friendly.
1340      0240      Launched two aircraft for spotting Offset Battle 
                    Practice.
1400      0300      Ceased zigzagging. Steadied up on 320°T.
1495      0305      Commenced firing Offset Battle Practice to
                    starboard.
1499      0309      Ceased firing. Practice completed.
1412      0312      Resumed zigzagging on base curse 320°T.
1454      0354      Steaming on various courses at various speeds to 
                    Recover two aircraft
1532      0432      Resumed zigzagging on base course 320°T, speed 17 
                    knots.
1734      0634      Course 280°T.
1736      0636      USS Preston, USS Gwin, and USS Pensacola left 
                    Formation to join Task Force 16 for duty.
1930      0850      Course 326°T.

ZONE DESCR.  -11                                DATE November 11, 1942

LZT       GCT       TASK FORCE 67  TASK GROUP 67.4  TASK UNIT
0000      1300      Steaming as before with Task Group 67.4.  San 
                    Francisco, fleet guide.  Zigzagging on base course 
                    326°T, speed 17 knots.
0424      1724      Radar surface contact bearing 274°T, distant 18 
                    miles.  TBS communication identified contact as 
                    USS Portland, USS Juneau, and accompanying 
                    destroyers and transports.
0500      1800      Sighted eight ships bearing 290°T, distant 8 
                    miles.
0541      1841      Identified as friendly.
0635      1935      Commenced steaming on various courses, joining 
                    Task Force 67.  This task group (67.4) joined the 
                    remaining units of Task Force 67.  Comtaskfor 67 
                    in USS McCawley (OTC) USS Helena, USS Portland, 
                    USS Juneau, USS Shaw, USS Monssen, USS Sterrett, 
                    USS Cushing, USS Buchanan, USS Laffey.
0700      2000      Zigzagging on course 330°T, speed 15 knots.
0727      2027      USS Shaw alongside for mail passing.
0753      2053      Course 300°T.
0816      2116      Course 130°T.
0820      2120      Course 150°T.
0855      2155      Course 240°T.
0905      2205      Course 330°T.
0928      2228      USS Sterret alongside for passing mail.
1007      2307      Course 300°T.
1044      2344      Sighted San Cristobal Island bearing 320°T, 
                    distant 45 miles.
1046      2346      Course 260°T.
1128      0028      USS Helena had radar contact on aircraft 
                    bearing180°T distant 20 miles.  Aircraft sighted 
                    at 1135, distant 8 miles.  Identified as enemy 
                    twin float reconnaissance mid or low-wing 
                    monoplane.  Appeared to be using shadowing tactics 
1136      0036      Sounded AA defense.
1201      0101      Secured from AA Defense.
1228      0128      Course 280°T.
1307      0207      Sighted friendly patrol plane (PBY) bearing 345°T, 
                    distant 8 miles.
1322      0222      Course 300°T.
1327      0227      Speed 22 knots.
1347      0247      USS Monssen depth charged sound contact.  Results 
                    unknown.
1500      0400      Course 270°T.
1505      0405      Launched two planes.
1509      0409      Course 300°T.
1604      0504      Course 345°T.
1635      0535      Sighted two planes bearing 125°T.  Planes not 
                    identified 
1707      0607      Course 000°T.
1720      0620      Sighted Guadalcanal Island bearing 340°T.
1835      0735      Cruisers formed in column, van to rear, San 
                    Francisco, Helena, Portland, Juneau.
1840      0740      Ship went to general quarters.
1925      0825      Course 315°T.
2008      0908      Formed battle disposition, cruisers maintaining 
                    column, 4 destroyers forming column dead ahead of 
                    cruisers.
2017      0917      Course 285°T.
2112      1012      Speed 15 knots.
2115      1015      USS Atlanta and 3 destroyers joined formation 
                    astern.  Steaming on various westerly courses 
                    proceeding along north coast of Guadalcana1.  
2250      1150      Observed sporadic artillery fire along coast of 
                    Guadalcanal.

ZONE DESCR.  -11                                DATE November 12 1942

LZT       GCT       TASK FORCE 67  TASK GROUP 67.4  TASK UNIT
0000      1300      Steaming as before on a westerly courses along 
                    north coast of Guadalcanal.  Speed 15 knots.  In 
                    company with Task Group 67.4 plus Atlanta and 3 
                    destroyers.
0005      1305      Changed course to north and commenced patrol in 
                    vicinity of Lunga Point.
0516      1816      Transports group arrived Lunga Point area and 
                    commenced unloading.  Combatant ships acting as 
                    screen.
0547      1847      USS Buchanan made underwater sound contact and 
                    attacked with depth charges.  Results unknown.
0624      1924      Secured from general quarters.
0645      1945      Enemy shore battery opened fire on transport 
                    group.  USS Helena and two destroyers proceeded to 
                    return fire and to silence battery.
1318      0218      Received information of imminent attack by enemy 
                    air group.  All ships underway and at AA defense.
1408      0308      Attacked by 21 enemy torpedo bombers.  Details of 
                    attack contained in Report of Torpedo Attack.  
                    November 12, 1942.
1416      0316      Enemy torpedo bombers crashed dived into after 
                    bulkhead of After Main Battery Control Station.  
                    Burning gasoline caused heavy casualties.  List of 
                    casualties appended this diary.
1430      0330      Action completed.  Transports and screen returned 
                    to unloading operations.
1525      0425      Secured from AA defense.
1835      0735      Transports underway upon completion of unloading, 
                    combatant ships screening their retirement.  
                    Steaming on easterly courses at various speeds.
2211      1111      Screening group left transports and reversed 
                    course to proceed to intercept strong enemy force 
                    sighted by own aircraft approaching Guadalcanal.
2217      1117      Course 270°T, speed 18 knots.
2236      1236      Speed 15 knots.
2356      1256      Course 260°T.

ZONE DESCR.  -11                                DATE November 13 1942

LZT       GCT       TASK FORCE 67  TASK GROUP 67.4  TASK UNIT
0009      1309      Course220°T.  Passing through Lengo Channel.
0011      1311      Course 270°T.
0023      1323      Course 280°T.
0123      1423      Speed 18 knots.
0128      1428      USS Helena radar screen showed object bearing 
                    315°T, distance 31,900 yards. This contact 
                    developed into three groups as the range closed.
0133      1433      Course 315°T .
0140      1440      Course 000°T.
0148      1448      Commenced engagement with enemy surface forces. 
                    Details in Report of Night Action, 12-13 
                    November,1942.  Upon breaking off action, retired 
                    eastward along north coast of Guadalcanal.
0400      1700      (Approximately) Joined USS Helena, who assumed 
                    command and passed eastward through Sealark 
                    Channel. Took station astern of Helena and 
                    followed her movements, since all compasses on 
                    this ship were out of commission due to action
                    damage. Set course for Espiritu Santo.  Joined at 
                    daylight by USS Juneau, USS Fletcher, USS 
                    O'Bannon, USS Sterrett, and USS Buchanan.  
                    Steaming, on easterly course at approximately 16 
                    knots.
1101      0001      USS JUNEAU hit by one, possibly two, torpedoes, 
                    Which passed close aboard this ship. Details in 
                    action report of this attack.
ZONE DESCR.  -11                                DATE November 14 1942

LZT       GCT       TASK FORCE     TASK GROUP       TASK UNIT
0000      1300      Steaming as before on easterly courses, at speed 
                    20 knots, Enroute Guadalcanal to Espiritu Santo.
1014      2314      USS Sterrett made sound contact.  Formation 
                    maneuvered radically to avoid possible torpedo 
                    attack.  No attack made.  USS Sterrett lost 
                    contact at 1027 and rejoined formation.
1553      0453      Entered port and anchored in berth A-11, Second 
                    Channel, Espiritu Santo.

ZONE DESCR.  -11                              DATE November 15-18 1942

LZT       GCT       TASK FORCE     TASK GROUP       TASK UNIT
0000      1300      Anchored as before in berth A-11, Second Channel, 
                    Espiritu Santo.

1300                On November 17, 1942, Captain Albert F. Frence, 
                    U.S.N. assumed command of this vessel

ZONE DESCR.  -11                                DATE November 18 1942

LZT       GCT       TASK FORCE 62  TASK GROUP 62.7  TASK UNIT
0000      1300      Anchored as before in berth A-11, Second Channel, 
                    Espiritu Santo.
1645      0545      Underway and proceeded out of port, enroute 
                    Espiritu Santo to Noumea.  Ships in company, USS 
                    Helena, USS Sterrett, USS Buchanan, and USS Gwin.  
                    USS Helena guide, destroyers formed as anti-
                    submarine screen.  Speed 20 knots.  Task Group 
                    designated 62.7.  Group Commander, C.O. USS 
                    Helena.
2035      0935      USS Gwin depth charged sound contact.  No torpedo 
                    attack observed.  Contact lost, no results of 
                    depth charge attack observed

ZONE DESCR.  -11                                DATE November 19 1942

LZT       GCT       TASK FORCE 62  TASK GROUP 62.7  TASK UNIT
0000      1300      Steaming as before on southerly courses Enroute 
                    Espiritu Santo to Noumea, New Caledonia.


                              POSITIONS
0800                LAT 19-15.5 S LONG 167-55.7 E
1200                LAT 20-19 S   LONG 168-23 E
2000                LAT 22-17 S   LONG 168-22 E
1200                

ZONE DESCR.  -11                                DATE November 20 1942

LZT       GCT       TASK FORCE 62  TASK GROUP 62.7  TASK UNIT
0000      1300      Steaming as before on various courses, approaching 
                    New Caledonia, Enroute Espiritu Santo to Noumea, 
                    New Caledonia.
0940      2240      Entered port and anchored in Great Roads, Noumea, 
                    New Caledonia.

ZONE DESCR.  -11                              DATE November 20-23 1942

LZT       GCT       TASK FORCE 66  TASK GROUP 66.7  TASK UNIT
0000      1300      Anchored as before in Great Roads, Noumea, New 
                    Caledonia.
1318      0218      Underway in accordance with orders of Comsopac 
                    Enroute from Noumea, New Caledonia, to Pearl 
                    Harbor, T.H.  Joined off Burlari Passage by 
                    destroyer escorts, USS Sterrett, USS Conyngham, 
                    and USS Mahan.  All ships proceeding navy yard for 
                    repairs.

ZONE DESCR.  -11                              DATE November 23-30 1942

LZT       GCT       TASK FORCE 66  TASK GROUP 66.7  TASK UNIT
                    Steaming as before, Enroute from Noumea, New 
                    Caledonia, to Pearl Harbor, T.H.  Route to south 
                    and east of Samoan Island, Passing within sight 
                    contact of Tutuila, thence northward direct to 
                    Pearl Harbor.  Speed 16.5 knots.  No enemy 
                    contacts or unusual incidents during passage.



                                                       A.F. FRANCE
                                                    Captain, U.S. Navy



ADDEMDA TO WAR DIARY - November 1942.

    The action reports referred to in November War Diary have been 
classified as SECRET.

    Action Report of Night Action, November 12-13 : See U.S.S. SAN 
FRANCISCO SECRET Serial 03812. (Missing)

    Action Report - U.S.S. JUNEAU, torpedoing of, November 13 : See 
U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO SECRET serial 00118b of November 22, 1942.
(missing)

    Copies have been previously delivered to CinC Pac.


IN REPLY
REFER TO:             U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO


LIST OF OFFICERS AND ENLISTED MEN KILLED AND WOUNED IN TORPEDO PLANE
ENGAGEMT NOVEMBER 12, 1942:

                          KILLED IN ACTION
NAME                        RANK OR RATE         SIGNAL - SERVICE NO.
HARRIS, Albert Thomas            Lieut(jg)           DVG USNR
CARLSON, Neil Alvin              AMM3c               385 93 81
GATES, William Finnie            Sea2c               640 17 33
CHATELL, Harold John             Sea1c               311 72 69
EISELE, George Raymond           Sea2c               660 19 58
FALGOUT, George Irvin            Sea2c               644 28 72
GANDY, Andrew Jackson Jr.        Sea2c               640 23 68
GEORGE, Eugene Frank             Sea2c               312 01 06
GREER, Charles Fred              FO3c(M)             360 06 67
LOWE, Harry James Jr.            GM3w                287 44 05
LOY, Jackson Kieth               GM3w                300 15 52
POWELL, William Thomas           GM2c                279 63 32
SLATER, Frank Olga               Sea2c               604 26 57
STOLTE,. Raymond Louis           Sea2c               382 46 29
WILLIAMSON, John Leon            Sea1c               262 61 38


                          WOUNDED IN ACTION
BARTA, Vit John                  FC2c(M)             360 18 20
BRANEL, Burgess Vance            Sea2c               654 24 14
BRANDON, Glen Harvey             Sea2c               616 59 26
BRIGHAM, Donald Carlisle         QM1c                234 17 94
CLARK, Acy Frances               Sea 2/c             624 23 98
COVERT, Albert Donald            Sea 1/c             279 75 59
FELIX, Len Wilbur                Sea 1/c             670 13 97
FINFROCK, Harry Lee              Y 2/c               300 15 44
FLISAK, Stanley Anthony          Y 2/c               243 65 98
HIJEBSGH, Joe Henry              AMM 3/c             393 39 72
IUSE, William Eugene             Y 3/c               321 46 61
MC DERMOTT, Joseph Alexander Jr. Y 2/c               258 14 58
MIDYETTE, Lewis Bracy            FC2/c               262 37 13
MURPHY, Ralph Ivan               Sea 1/c             372 15 98
MYLMI, Robert Vincent            FC 3/c(M)           660 04 00
NASH, James Robert               Sea 2/c             640 23 99
NICHOLS, Harold Wright           FC 3/c (M)          287 41 45
PERRINE, Sheldon Rose            Sea2c               614 09 00
SEXTON, Jefferson David          Sea1c               382 23 29
SOLANO, Ralph Joseph Jr.         Y2c                 372 15 53
STARK, Joseph Paul               Sea2c               382 57 17
TARPLEY, Lewis (n)               GM2c                268 50 09
TERLIZZI, Angelo (n)             Sea1c               207 28 47
VIANELLO, Charles Pratt          RM2c                376 01 98
WALLACE, John Arnold             FC3c(M)             337 48 79
CHOUTEAU, Walter Cerre           Lieut (jg)          DVG, USNR
LOMBARD, John Archer             Lieut (jg)          DVG, USNR
WALLACE, John George             Lieut (jg)          USN
WEEMS, Jeptha Clark              Ship's Clerk        USN


                           MISSING IN ACTION
# BONCOSKEY, Ralph Frank         Sea1c               300 14 92

    # Subsequently rescued.  


IN REPLY
REFER TO:             U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO


LIST OF OFFICERS AND ENLISTED MEN KILLED AND WOUEDED IN NIGHT SURFACE
BATTLE ENGAGEMENT NOVEMBER 13, 1942:

                          KILLED IN ACTION
NAME                        RANK OR RATE         SIGNAL - SERVICE NO.
CALLAGHAN, Daniel J.             Admiral, Rear       283
LE HARDY, Louis M.               Lieut-Comdr.        2667
CUMMINGS, Damon M.               Lieut-Comdr.        3866
WINTLE, Jack W.                  Lieut-Comdr.        4298
YOUNG, Cassin                    Captain             589
#ROUTER, Mark Hanna              Commander           1207
HUBBARD, Joseph Charles          Commander           1353
HINE, Thomas Ringle              Lieut.              4966
HANNA, John Carlyle              Lieut.              7197
VANDERHOOF, Allan Lynne          Lieut.(jg)          DVG, USNR
EISNER, Jacques Rodney           Lieut.(jg)          DVG, USNR
CURTIS, Bernard John             Lieut.(jg)          AVN, USNR
WITTER, Jean Carter Jr.          Ensign              DVG, USNR
BROWN, Lewis T.                  Lieut.(jg)          DVS, USNR
ADAMS, Arthur Vincent            Mamth2c             382 26 86
ANDERSON, Eric John              GM3c                316 67 95
BUEREN, Ernest August            Sea1c               376 47 22
CHRISMAN, Glen Alva              SM3c                412 10 43
CHRONISTER, William Jessie       Sea2c               668 74 12
EVANS, Winfred Lorin             CQM(AA)             341 93 79
GARRETT, Clifford Taylor         Cox.                337 31 57
GASTELUM, William (n)            Sea2c               555 55 81
GLASS, Earl Jenks                Sea2c               624 38 36
GREEN, George (n)                Sea2c               644 25 93
GRUNDER, John Dale               Sea1c               321 68 57
HALL, William Stewart            Sea2c               660 20 34
HAND, Haro1d Holmes              Sea2c               382 17 39
HARBOR, Walter (n)               AMM3c               223 79 17
HARMON, Leonard Roy              Matt1c              360 04 18
HAUG, Thor Egil                  F1c                 223 82 06
HELVESTON, Otis Lamar            Sea2c               604 23 43
HUDSON, Dale Kermit              Sea1c               337 28 80
HUGRES, William Hayden           SK3c                375 86 62
JACKSON, Charles Allen           Matt1c              272 38 30
JAMES, Richeleau Xertes          Sea1c               632 00 86
JANOSCO, Nicholas (n)            PR3c                328 74 35
JAPP. Edwin Henry                Sea2c               660 21 21
JENKINS, Clair Raymond           Sea1c               321 46 48
KAUFFMAN, Elmer Henry            Cox.                243 74 17
KAZMIERSKI, Edwin Stanley        GM2c                243 73 46
KEMPA, George Edward             SM3c                368 53 29
KLINE, Floyd Munro               Sea2c               670 19 72
LAMB, Cecil Elmer                Sea2c               616 51 31
LIBBY, Abe (n)                   Sea2c               640 23 89
LOCKWOOD, Will Allen             Sea1c               279 61 25
MADISON, Herbert (n)             OC3c                287 26 57
MARCY, Gorden Wayne              Sea2c               654 34 65
MARTIN, Clyde Custer             Sea2c               668 44 64
MC BRIDE, Jack Lafayette         Sea2c               316 66 95
MC KERNAN, Louis Frank           SF1c                341 72 61
MC NEIL, William Claude          Sea2c               300 39 61
NICHOLS, John Richard            Sea1c               372 25 31
PASTOR, JOSEPH John              Sea2c               668 54 13
PERKINS, Robert Paul             Sea1c               287 50 40
RAY, Clarence Wendell            Sea1c               321 74 37
ROSSON, George Bobo              Y2c                 616 01 92
SCBODER, Raymond Walter          GM1c                321 22 21
SLOUGH, Thomas Glenn             Sea1c               356 18 17
SPANGENBERG, Kenneth Jerome      GM3c                243 75 65
STEELE, Roy Lerson Jr.           Sea2c               640 19 05
STONE, Wesley Howard             GM3c                212 58 53
BZYMANSKI, Edward Robert         SF2c                346 72 73
TAYLOR, Emmett Shaw              CM3c                268 48 12
TUCKER, Francis Joseph           Cox                 201 76 41
TURNER, Jack Monroe              Cox                 295 68 93
WAGNER, Walter John              Sea2c               316 83 42
WERTEEN, Edwin Loid              GM3c                342 26 17
WILKINS, Wilbur Jackson Jr.      F2c                 604 26 08
WISENBERGER, Paul Grey           F2c                 612 08 66
ZAIGER, Albert Charles           CM3c                620 04 88
KLATT, George Staat              Plt.Sgt.            222792 USMC
DALTON, Charles Milton           Corporal            307004 USMC
BERRAY, James E.                 Pfc                 340536 USMC
BURDETTE, Snyder                 Pfc                 311827 USMC
RITCHIE, George                  Pfc                 347714 USMC
ST. JOHN, Earl J.                Pfc                 350056 USMC
SAMUELSON, Allen B.              Pvt.                357426 USMC
    # Seriously wounded in action of November 12th.


                          MISSING IN ACTION

# THOLUPSON, Wilbert Lee         Lieut.(jg)          CVS, USNR
  BOCKOVER, Harvey Allen         Sea2c               664 08 87
# HARDY, Wendell Richard         GM3c                300 15 68
# LEWIS, Robert Jerd             Sea1c               337 50 15
  LUNDIE, JACK LEROY             Cox                 265 93 55
  QUICK, Ray Wilbur              F3c                 668 43 79
  WAIJLEN Samuel Elmer           Sea1c               262 60 03

## Subsequently rescued


                          WOUNDED IN ACTION
O'BEIRNE, Emmett                 Lieut-Comdr.        3703
ARISON, Rae Emmett               Commander           1812
MC CANDLESS B.                   Lieut-Comdr.        4265
WESTIN, Howard Sevens            Lieut.              5177
KERKERING, Stanley William       Lieut.              6556
SIMMONS, Arthur Edwin            Lieut.(jg)          AVN,USNR
ISBELL, Harold Austin            Carpenter           USN
BAKER, Arthur Oliver             Sea2c .             654 24 44
BAUER, Carl Raymond              Sea2c               618 21 75
BODIKEY, Romualdo (n)            OC1c                497 91 20
BONDSTEEL, Lynford Lawrence      PHM3e               311 82 12
BURRIS, William Addison          Sea2c               644 44 34
CAMP, James Ernest               Sea2c               630 17 13
CONKLIN, Elmer James             Sea1c               316 68 18
DAWSON, Wesley Harrison          Sea2c               660 20 63
EDWARDS, Richard Marion          Sea1c               356 54 84
EVES, Stephen Corbett            Sea2c               660 20 52
FAULKNER, Cecil Thedore          Sea2c               604 43 70
FAUST, Albert Charles            RM2c                404 90 99
GILPIN, Edgar Gordon             Sea2c               300 81 83
GOHN, James Calvin               Sea2c               633 13 02
GOWENS, Earl Alferd              F3c                 628 26 09
GRAHAM, Ralph Junior             Sea1c               316 67 83
HALL, Oscar Smith                Sea2c               624 40 28
HAMMACK, James Lloyd             Sea1c               346 93 70
HANNAH, Hoyt "N"                 Cox                 346 71 34
HARSH, Donald Edward             Sea2c               612 22 00
HEAD, Lester Curt                BM1c                272 21 78
HILIMAN, Ralph Albert            Cox                 316 67 76
HOLBROOK, Heber "A"              PHM3c               368 61 50
JAMES, Carrol Woodfin            Sea1c               360 39 11
KIEFER, Harry Joseph             Sea1c               243 73 54
KING, John William Jr.           Sea2c               274 64 44
KINNEY, Charles Leonard          Cox                 342 27 66
KLEE, Walter Donald              GM2c                328 74 15
KRAUSE, Lloyd Stanley            Sea1c               316 66 83
LASSEN, Henry (n)                Sea2c               372 40 59
LEVY, Harold Bertrum             Sea1c               342 27 48
LEWIS, Alvin Jesse               Sea1c               223 89 56
MARLEY, Thomas Keith             Cox                 262 28 45
MIKULENCAK, Joseph Frank         Sea2c               624 03 61
MORTIMER, Melvin Wayne           F3c                 399 56 76
MURPHY, George Delmas Jr.        Sea1c               376 06 20
MYHRE, Leonard Marvin            Sea2c               660 20 31
NIEMEIER, Walter Henry           EM2c                321 39 24
OLSON, Manfred. Chester          F2c                 393 44 04 
PETERSON, Robert George          CGM(AA)             320 85 85 
PHILLIPS, Robert (n)             Sea2c               668 17 85 
POTTER, Joseph Skinner Jr.       EM3c                382 10 83 
REYNOLDS, William Dwain          F2c                 368 67 29 
RISLAND, Oscar Stanley           Sea2c               638 48 91 
ROBB, Semuel Kelly               Cox                 385 79 35 
SEHRT, Glann Francis             Sea2c               662 51 53 
SETTLE, Carl Dean                Sea2c               337 49 04 
SMITH, Samuel Robert             Cox                 370 08 39 
SPENCER, Jimmie Leon             Sea2c               670 17 01 
ST GEORGE, Merlyn Joseph         Sea1c               328 82 58 
STORCK, Emory Thompson           Sea1c               266 16 48 
STORY Henry Cleve                Sea2c               670 17 10 
TUPPER, Theodore (n) Jr.         FM3c                223 83 77 
VALACH, Elemil (n)               CGM(AA)             212 39 37 
VOISINET, Robert Keen            SM3c                234 26 87 
WARD, Harold Emanuel             MAtt2c              223 64 44 
WHITE, WILLIAM David             Sea2c               640 19 29 
WILDER, James Richard            SF3c                316 63 42 
BEAN, Harold Ray                 Sk3C                356 50 33 
GRACE, Elwood Grant Jr.          F3c                 382 96 33 
HANNA, Julius Andy               Sea1c               321 60 03
HOGAN, Raymond Henry             Sea1c               660 23 09
ROBINSON, Harold Payne           GM1c                268 20 24
SNELL, Ralph Howard              Cox                 376 01 19 
STODGHILL, James Edward          Cox                 268 49 90 
TROOP, Charles Jr.               Sea1c               287 51 33 
LEE, Benjamin G.                 First Sergeant      241740 USMC 
EGAN, John Maurice Francis       Sergeant            269130 USMC 
HOPSON, Miles W.                 Corporal            302754 USMC 
MEALER, Hubert R.                Corporal            306102 USMC 
RAMSY, Walter J. Jr.             Corporal            298707 USMC 
LARGE, Charles J.                FLDCK               300824 USMC 
MAELER, Carl W.                  Pfc                 311471 USMC 
MC CARSTLE, Howard P. Jr.        Pfc                 324043 USMC 
POORE Forrest F.                 Pfc                 307370 USMC 
SPENCER, Clifford C.             Pfc                 336891 USMC 
AGUILAR, Joe M.                  Sergeant            298737 USMC 
MEDLIN, Otho H.                  Corporal            292832 USMC 
CARRELL, Robert R.               Pfc                 311748 USMC 
ROGERS, Harold W.                Pfc                 314306 USMC 
MIDDLESWORTH, Malbert            FM1c                307943 USMC 
CARLSON, Oscar                   Gunnery Sgt.        235122 USMC 
HILLAS, Robert Alexander Jr.     Ensign              DVS, USNR
ISBELL, Harold Austin            Carpenter           USN 
AVALOS, Christopher (n)          Sea1c               618 21 25 
CHRISTENSEN, Jess Willard        BM2c                371 91 05 
DE BENEDETTI, Albert (n)         Sea2c               393 59 20 
GILGREASE William Eugene         Sea2c               360 51 34 
HOLMQUIST Carl Eric              CMM(PA)             238 33 41 
JENKINS, Elmer Leslie Jr.        Sea2c               291 64 50 
KEPPLER, Reinhardt John          BM1c                385 67 73 
LUKENS, Edward Alan              Sea1c               243 78 92 
NICKSON, Joseph Francis          BM2c                204 31 87 
PETERSON, John William Dean      GM3c                328 55 36 
REYNOLDS, Jesse (n) Jr.          BM2c                311 44 47 
VANCE "C" "R"                    BM2c                376 01 03 
WHITE, Arnold Earl               RDM3c               356 54 65 
WUBKER, Virgil Max               Sea1c               321 43 82 


IN REPLY
REFER TO:             U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO


ENLISTED MAN KILLED IN ACTION SOLOMON ISLAND NOVEMBER 18, 1942:

   NAME                          RATE                SERVICE NO.
*  GANNO, Otis Charles           ARM2c               274 44 70

*   Killed in crash of PBY patrol on November 18, 1942, near Tulagi,
    Solomon Island.  Plane in which GANNON was a passenger crashed on 
    take-off.  Body recovered and buried in grave #80, U.S. Navy - 
    U.S. Marine Corps Cemetery, #1 White Beach.





                             ACTION REPORT

USS SAN FRANCISCO                                                CA-38 
 
SERIAL 0411                                           16 NOVEMBER 1942
 
    AIR ATTACK OFF LUNGA POINT, GUADALCANAL, 12 NOVEMBER 
    1942, REPORT OF.

           REPORT OF ACTING C.O. LCDR. H. E. SCHONLAND COVERING ACTION 
           AT 1408 DURING JAPANESE AIR ATTACK ON TASK FORCE 67, OFF 
           LUNGA POINT, GUADALCANAL. A DAMAGED TORPEDO PLANE APPEARED 
           TO DELIBERATELY CRASH THE AFTER SUPER STRUCTUR, CAUSING 
           EXTENSIVE DAMAGE AND 45 CASUALTIES. 
                          
                                                                44804



In Reply
Refer To:               U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO 
CA38/A16-3.

Serial ts/133                                       November 16, 1942.

From:         The Commanding Officer.
To  :         The Commander in Chief, U. S. PACIFIC FLEET.
Via :         (1) The Commander Task Force SIXTY-SEVEN,
                  (Rear Admiral R. K. Turner).
               (2) The Commander South Pacific Area and
                   South Pacific Force.

Subject:       Action Report - Air Attack, November 12, 1942.

    1.     The following report is made of repulse of an air attack 
against Task Force 67 off Lunga Point, Guadalcanal, in the Solomons 
during the afternoon of November 12, 1942.

    2.     Task Force 67 formed special anti-aircraft disposition 
about 1317 on orders of Commander Task Force 67. Transports (6) were 
formed in two columns, in line of divisions, axis 340, course 340, 
speed 10 knots, with SAN FRANCISCO stationed 1000 yards on the axis 
ahead of the transports. Speed was later increased to 14 knots and the 
disposition maneuvered by Commander Task Force 67 off Lunga Point. SAN 
FRANCISCO generally adhered to the station assigned but during the 
attack increased speed to 25 knots (for brief intervals) and 
maneuvered radically to avoid torpedoes and to enable the main and 
anti-aircraft batteries to fire at torpedo planes.

    3.     Japanese air attack group has been estimated to have 
comprised 21 torpedo planes (twin engine land planes), 9 Zero fitters, 
and some dive bombers totaling about 52 planes, Except for one Zero 
fighter which was seen to plummet down through the clouds, only 
torpedo planes were seen by this ship. Between 19 and 21 of them were 
counted.

    4.     Torpedo planes approached undetected (or at least 
unreported) down the north coast of Florida Island, and came south 
going over Florida Island. They fanned out as they came over and. 
appeared to break up into two groups, one approaching the formation 
from the southeast, the other from the northeast. A.A. Control 
estimates their speed at 170 knots. Planes flew very low, literally 
skimming the water (less than 50 feet) and used the dark background of 
Florida and Tulagi Islands to reduce silhouette effect against the 
sky. Approach formation appeared to be excellent, planes fanning out 
from three plane sections.

    5.     Fire was commenced at 1408 with the 5" battery. The first 
bursts were on and the plane under fire crashed immediately. Salvos 
were fired by the main battery at ranges between 5000 and 2000 yards. 
Splashes from 8" A.P. projectiles were very effective in causing 
planes to make radical maneuvers. Our A.A. fire shot down one plane, 
damaged two planes and heavily hit the plane which crashed into 
Control Aft.

    6.     One torpedo passed ahead of this ship and was avoided by 
maneuvering. One passed forward long the starboard side. One torpedo 
was soon to ricochet upwards at an angle of about 45 degrees on 
striking the water and nearly torpedoed the plane that dropped it. It 
went end over end several times and then sank. One or two were seen to 
porpoise during the early part of the run but apparently took their 
depth and ran properly. One erratic run (circular) was noted. No hits 
were registered on any ships. Wakes were very distinct, more by 
apparent ripples on the surface of the water than by bubbles.

    7.     At 1416 this ship was individually attacked by an already 
damaged torpedo plane which dropped its torpedo on the starboard 
quarter (torpedo passed alongside to starboard) and plane then 
appeared to deliberately crash the after superstructure of this ship. 
Plane's right wing struck Control Aft about 170 relative, swung around 
into that structure, and plunged over tile port side into the sea 
where it crashed and burned. Considerable damage and intense fires 
were caused by this crash and the following personnel casualties 
occurred.

              Killed or Died       Wounded
               of Injuries.      (Mostly Burned)     Missing
Officers             1                  4                0

Enlisted            14                 25                1

    Control Aft was demolished, Battle two burned out, and the after
A.A. Director and After Fox Cast Radar were put out of commission. 
Three 20 mm. mounts were demolished. Wounded personnel were 
transferred to U.S.S. PRESIDENT JACKSON, with the exception of 
Commander Grouter who wished to remain aboard ship so that he could be 
returned to duty in a minimum time. Commanfer Grouter's gallantry was 
ill-rewarded, in that he suffered additional injuries when a shell 
exploded in his cabin during the subsequent night action resulting in 
his death The loss of personnel and disabling of equipment was most 
keenly felt by this vessel in the following engagement.

    8.     Ammunition expended:

           8" - 15 rounds
           5" - 180 rounds
         1.1" - 160 rounds (approximately).
        20mm. - 1200 rounds (approximately).

    9.     Name plate from the plane which crashed this ship was 
obtained and is forwarded separately via airmail to Officer in Charge, 
Intelligence Center, Pacific Ocean Area, (Commandant 14th Naval 
District). Plane appears to have been a Mitsubishi 97 twin engine 
landplane, painted dark.

    10.    During the action, a submarine was seen on the surface in 
the vicinity of Cape Esperance-Savo Island, with one Japanese torpedo 
plane flying low in the vicinity. ComTaskGroup 67.4 was notified and 
the U.S .S. SHAW was dispatched by him to destroy the submarine, and 
reports reaching this indicate that she destroyed this submarine by 
gunfire on surface.

    11.    At 1505 radio Guadalcanal reported all clear shortly 
thereafter transports moved in to resume unloading. This ship observed 
at least eight torpedo planes destroyed, including one that was 
damaged by this ship but apparently getting away when it was destroyed 
by a fighter (F4F4) . This believed to be only a fraction of the 
enemy's losses.

    12.    It is desired to mention the remarkable fire 
discipline and courage of the crews of the 20 mm. guns on the 
gallery around Control Aft who were firing on the approaching
torpedo plane and who continued to fire into it with all their
guns until they were wiped out by the plane's actually flying
into them. They met their deaths without flinching and in a 
manner which has been an inspiration to us all.

                                 H. E. SCHONLAND,
                                 Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy. 
                                 Commanding.



Copies to:
CINCPAC (Original plus 1.)
COMPAC
COMTASKFOR 67 (Rear Admiral Turner)
WAR DIARY



File No. 
                          AMPHIBIOUS FORCE
E25/ A16-3(3)           SOUTH PACIFIC FORCE
                      Office of the Commander
Serial: TS/133
                     U.S.S. McCAWLEY, Flagship,

November 17, 1942
First endorsement to
CO SAN FRANCISCO Ltr.
of November 16, 1942.

From:         Commander Task Force SIXTY SEVEN. 
To  :         Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Via :         Commander South Pacific Force.

Subject:      Action Report - Air Attack, November 12, 1942.

    1.        Forwarded

                              R. K. TURNER,



COMSOPAC FILE
                       SOUTH PACIFIC FORCE  
A16/(11)        of the UNITED STATES PACIFIC FLEET
                  Headquarters of the Commander
Serial TS/133


SECOND ENDORSEMENT to:
C.O. SAN FRANISCO ltr.
CA38/A16-3/ Ser. 0411
of November 16, 1942.

From:         The Commander South Pacific Area and South Pacific 
              Force.
To  :         The Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Subject:      Action Report - Air Attack, November 12, 1942.

    1.        Forwarded.

                                    W. F. HALSEY

Information on the U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO CA-38

DICTIONARY OF FIGHTING SHIPS

History of the U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO CA-38

                      New Orleans Class
                      CA-Heavy Cruisers

CA-32 NEW ORLEANS
CA-36 MINNEAPOLIS
CA-37 TUSCALOOSA
CA-38 SAN FRANCISCO


Completed:
    1934

Displacement (tons):
    9,950 (stand)
   13,000 (Mean war service)

Length (oa):
    588'

Beam:
    60'

Draft (max):
    25'

Armament (max auth):
     9 8"/55 
     8 5"/25 DP
     6 40 mm quads 
 26-28 20 mm (18 on #32)

Propulsion:

    Speed:
       30 knots (max)

    Max. Cruising radius:
       3,500 miles @ 25 knots
       7,600 miles @ 15 knots

Horsepower:
       107,000 (shaft)

Drive:
       4 screws
       geared turbine
Fuel:
       2,256 tons oil (max)

Aircraft:
       2 SC-1

Remarks:
       The NEW ORLEANS Class represents a turning point in American cruiser design development, 
particularly with respects to armor and underwater protection.  The light surface unit pattern 
of armoring and subdivision of earlier cruisers is dropped in favor of a system more analogous 
to that of modern capital ships, thus making these and all succeeding heavy cruisers comparable 
to the armored cruisers of the pre-dreadnought battleship era.  Every weight-saving expedient 
was employed throughout the ship's structure to achieve this within the then existing rigid 
treaty displacement limitations.  Other innovations in these cruisers included the replacement 
of heavy tripod masts by tower bridges and pole mast, and the adoption of a raked stem for the 
clipper bow of earlier units.  Aircraft hangers were relocated in the after superstructure and 
the upper deck extended aft to the midships section.  A new design turret, with separate gun ports, 
was also introduced.

       Structural wartime alterations centered  around the bridge, resulting in the elimination of 
bridge wings and conning tower, and the fitting of an open "monkey island" on the top of the bridge.  
One of the two aircraft and boat handling cranes was also suppressed.

War losses included the:
       CA-34 ASTORIA 
       CA-39 QUINCY  
       CA-44 VINCENNES




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