Boise is the capital of Idaho.
(CL-47: dp. 9700; l. 608'4"; b. 61'9"; dr. 24'; s.
33.5 k.; cpl. 868; a. 15 6", 8 5"; cl. Brooklyn)
Boise (CL-47) was launched
3 December 1936 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport
News, Va.; sponsored by Miss
Salome Clark, daughter of Governor Clark of Idaho; and commissioned 12 August 1938,
Captain B. V. McCandlish in command.
In February 1939, following a shakedown cruise to Monrovia, Liberia;
and Cape Town, Union of South Africa, Boise joined Division 9, Cruisers, Battle Force, at
San Pedro, Calif. Until November 1941 she operated
alternately off the west coast and in Hawaiian waters. She then escorted a
convoy to Manila,
Philippine Islands, arriving 4 December 1941.
The outbreak of war in the Philippines,
8 December 1941, found Boise off Cebu. She joined TF 5 in the East Indies, but on 21
January 1942 struck an uncharted shoal in Sape
Strait and had to retire to Colombo, Ceylon;
Bombay, India; and Mare Island Navy Yard
for repairs. Her repairs completed, she sailed 22 June 1942 to escort a convoy
to Auckland, New Zealand. She then returned to
Pearl Harbor and during 31 July-10 August 1942 conducted a raiding cruise in
Japanese waters as a feint to draw attention away from the Guadalcanal
landings. In August she escorted a convoy to the Fiji
and New Hebrides islands. During 14-18
September she helped cover the landing of Marine reinforcements on Guadalcanal. In the succeeding hard fighting she was hit
by Japanese shells in the American victory of Cape Esperance
after taking six planes under fire. She made her way to Philadelphia Navy Yard where she underwent
repairs (19 November 1942-20 March 1943).
Boise departed 8 June
1943 for the Mediterranean, arriving at Algiers,
June. Between 10 July and 18 August 1943 she acted as a cover and fire support
ship during the landing on Sicily.
In September she took part in the Italian mainland landings at Taranto
(9-10 September) and Salerno
(12-19 September). She returned to New York 15
November 1943 and once again steamed to the South pacific, arriving at Milne Bay, New
Guinea, 31 December.
During January-September 1944 she took part in operations
along the northern shore of New Guinea, including: Madang-Alexishafen
bombardment (25-26 January); Humboldt Bay landings (22 April); Wakde-Sawar
bombardment (29-30 April); Wakde-Toem landings (15-25 May); Biak landings (25
May-10 June); Noemfoor landings (1-2 July); Cape Sansapor landings (27 July-31
August); and the occupation of Morotai (1-30 September). The cruiser moved
northward as the battle front advanced into the Philippines taking part in:
Leyte invasion (20-24 October); Battle of Surigao Strait (25 October); Mindoro
landings (12-17 December); Leyte-Mindoro covering action (26-29 December);
Lingayen Gulf landings, with General D. MacArthur embarked (9-13 January 1945);
Luzon covering force (14-31 January); Bataan-Corregidor occupation (13-17
February); and Zamboanga landings (8-12 March). She then moved to Borneo for the Tarakan landings (27 April-3 May). During
3-16 June she carried General MacArthur on a 3,500 mile tour of the Central and
Southern Philippines and Brunei Bay, Borneo, and then returned to San Pedro, Calif.,
arriving 7 July.
The cruiser remained in San Pedro area undergoing overhaul
and training until October. She sailed 3 October for the east coast, arriving
at New York
20 October. Boise
remained there until decommissioned 1 July 1946. She was sold to Argentina 11
received eleven battle stars for her service in World War II.
31 January 2006