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USS Los Angeles (CA-135)

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS Los Angeles (CA-135)

USS 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, USS Los Angeles (CA‑135) 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 USS Los Angeles (CA‑135) recommissioned 27 January 1951.

After returning to the United States 17 December for overhaul and training, USS Los Angeles (CA‑135) 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. While participating in the bombardment of Wonsan late in March and early in April 1953, USS Los Angeles (CA‑135) 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 USS Los Angeles (CA‑135) 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. USS Los Angeles (CA‑135) operations sent her from the coast of Japan to the Sea of Japan, the Yellow Sea, and the East and South China Seas.

When not deployed in the western Pacific, USS Los Angeles (CA‑135) 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. USS Los Angeles (CA‑135) decommissioned at Long Beach 15 November 1963 and entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet at San Diego. 

For a complete history of USS Los Angeles (CA‑135) please see its DANFS page.