USS Tuscaloosa CA-37/USS Wichita CA-45 - WWII U.S. Navy heavy cruisers - history and information
USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37) & USS Wichita (CA-45)
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Welcome to a website dedicated to USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37) and USS Wichita (CA-45).

    USS Tuscaloosa
  • World War II heavy cruiser - a "treaty" cruiser
  • Hosted President Franklin Delano Roosevelt three times
  • Saw action in both the European and Pacific Theaters including Operation Torch, Normandy (D-Day), Iwo Jima and Okinawa
  • Seven battle stars
    USS Wichita
  • World War II heavy cruiser -- the last U.S. heavy "treaty" cruiser
  • Saw action in Europe including Operation Torch
  • Saw extensive action in the Pacific including the Battle of the Philippine Sea (the Marianas "Turkey Shoot") and Okinawa
  • Thirteen battle stars

The USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37) and USS Wichita (CA-45) were heavy cruisers built in the 1930's.  A look at their history provides insight into naval history occurring before World War II, and insight into the nature of naval action during the war.  Both ships saw action in both European and Pacific theaters, including some of the most important major battles.  Their service is emblematic of the countless sacrifices made in World War II.  This site is dedicated to all who served aboard the Tuscaloosa and Wichita.

I have tried to provide a mix of both broad and specific information.  There is a glossary to help those unfamiliar with many nautical terms.  I hope you find this site interesting and that it might serve as a catalyst for or an aid in learning more about World War II.  To find out quickly what is on this site, you might want to visit the Site Guide.

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If you or a relative were a crewmember of USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37) or USS Wichita (CA-45), then click here for information on USS Wichita / USS Tuscaloosa Veteran's Association.USS Wichita/USS Tuscaloosa Veteran's AssociationREUNIONS:
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