Allied Warships

USS Philadelphia (CL 41)

Light cruiser of the Brooklyn class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeLight cruiser
PennantCL 41 
Built byPhiladelphia Navy Yard (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Laid down28 May 1935 
Launched17 Nov 1936 
Commissioned23 Sep 1937 
End service3 Feb 1947 

Decommissioned 3 February 1947.
Stricken 9 January 1951.
Sold to the Brazilian Navy and renamed Barroso (C-11).
Barroso was scrapped in 1973.


Commands listed for USS Philadelphia (CL 41)

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1Capt. Jules James, USN23 Sep 19376 Nov 1939
2Capt. Vance Duncan Chapline, USN6 Nov 19395 Sep 1941
3Capt. Charles Johnes Moore, USN5 Sep 194115 Aug 1942
4Capt. Paul Hendren, USN15 Aug 194225 Oct 1942
5Cdr. Gordon Josiah Crosby, USN25 Oct 19421 Nov 1943
6T/Capt. Walter Charles Ansel, USN1 Nov 19436 Dec 1944
7T/Capt. Robert Leon Boller, USN6 Dec 194411 Oct 1945
8T/Capt. Robert Wallace Berry, USN11 Oct 194526 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Philadelphia include:

James, Jules, CAPT 09/23/1937 - 11/06/1939 Chapline, Vance Duncan, CAPT 11/06/1939 - 09/1941 Moore, Charles Johnes, CAPT 09/1941 - 07/1942 Hendren, Paul, CAPT 07/1942 - 09/1943 Crosby, Gordon Josiah, CDR 09/1943 - 09/1943 Ansel, Walter, CAPT 09/1943 - 1944 Boller, Robert Leon, CAPT 1944 - 09/1945 Berry, Robert Wallace, CAPT 09/1945 - 1946 Hall, G. M., CDR 1946 - 02/03/1947

14 Jul 1945
The light cruiser HMS Birmingham (Capt. H.W. Williams, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral A.E.M.B. Cunninghame-Graham, CBE, RN) and the destroyers HMS Serapis (Lt.Cdr. E.L. Jones, DSC, RN), HMS Obdurate (Lt.Cdr. R.D. Franks, DSO, DSC, OBE, RN), HMS Obedient (Lt.Cdr. H. Kirkwood, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Zealous (Cdr. R.F. Jessel, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Zephyr (Lt.Cdr. C.R. Purse, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Zodiac (Lt.Cdr. H.R. Rycroft, DSC, RN) departed Plymouth to make rendezvous with the US Heavy cruiser USS Augusta (T/Capt. J.H. Foskett, USN) and the light cruiser USS Philadelphia (T/Capt. R.L. Boller, USN). On board the USS Augusta was President Truman which was en-route to Antwerp, Belgium.

Rendezvous was made in the morning and the ships then proceeded in company westwards through the English Channel.

In the early evening the British ships parted company near the North Goodwin Buoy. Shortly aftewards the escort destroyers HMS Garth (Capt. W.G. Davis, DSC, RN), HMS Hambledon (Lt. C.G.deL. Bush, RN) and HMS Holderness (A/Lt.Cdr. P.F. Cole, DSC, RN) joined the US ships to escort them to Antwerp where they arrived in the morning of the 15th. (1)


  1. ADM 53/121007 + ADM 199/1440 + Log of USS Augusta

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