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USS Springfield Page

This page is dedicated to all the crew members who proudly served aboard the
USS Springfield, CL 66 / CLG 7.

USS SPRINGFIELD, CLG-7, (Guided Missile Light Cruiser) V.I. 1968

I served aboard the SPRINGFIELD with a ComSec Detachment on a joint NATO exercise to the Virgin Islands and vicinity in 1968. This exercise consisted of a large force of ships from various NATO countries, and was mainly involved with amphibious assault landings and war games on and around Vieques Island in the Caribbean. Liberty was at Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands during this cruise. Below are some photos of that cruise, and other photos I have of the SPRINGFIELD.

Springfield CLG7

Bow of 7

"Harley Charlie"

AO Approach

Refuel

Bsn's Chair

DD Alongside

Vieques Assault

Stern of a CLG

7's Missile Shot

Me (on Pocono)

Charlotte Amalie

St. Thomas Bay

7-54-4, '67

7's Patch


Gaeta, Italy, '66

Flagship

6", 5", Bridge

Bow Shot

Twin Terriers

North Atlantic

Red Shadow

Liberty

Trawler

(Special Thanks to James Peck for his contribution of photos
"Flagship" thru "Liberty" & "Trawler" text.)


Virgin Islands

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Flag Helo

Curacao, N.A.

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Leharve, France

Plan of the Day

(Special Thanks to Brent Sponsler for his contribution of the
Springfield page photo and "Virgin Islands" to "Leharve, France".)

(Special Thanks to Ronald Rubin for his contribution of "Plan of the Day".)


PEARL HARBOR DECEMBER 7, 1941

JAPAN'S COWARDLY ATTACK UPON THE UNITED STATES.
LEST WE FORGET!

New Section!

THE USS SPRINGFIELD DURING WORLD WAR II.

The USS Springfield, CL 66, fought in the final year of World War II against Japan in the Pacific with Task Group 58.3 and Task Group 38.3 of the U.S. Third Fleet. Her primary mission during this time was protection of our aircraft carriers, which were constantly being attacked by Japan's last ditch war effort, the Kamikazes. She was part of Crusier Division 17, which included the other Light Cruisers USS Wilkes-Barre, CL 103, USS Astoria, CL 90, and the USS Pasadena, CL 65. This division was affectionately known as the "WASP" division, the name derived from the first letter of each of the ships names. The Springfield was involved in the Invasion of Okinawa and the "Home Islands Raids" of Japan; and was the first United States cruiser to enter Tokyo Bay for the Japanese surrender ceremonies in late August 1945. She earned two battle stars for her service during World War II.

Two overall views of Cleveland class Light Cruisers;
(what the Springfield looked like during WWII, before her conversion to a CLG).

Broadside Starboard View

Aerial Port view.

USS Springfield, CL 66

Aerial, Underway

Shanghai, China

Donovan & 6" Guns

Woodford (t,r) & crew

Kamikaze under fire.

Dead On Target

Kamikaze's hit Bunker Hill

A Cruiser of CruDiv 17

Wilkes Barre helps out

USS Pasadena, CL 65

USS Astoria, CL 90

USS Wilkes Barre, CL 103

Task Force 38

U.S. Third Fleet

Sagami Wan, Japan

(Special Thanks to Ronald Rubin for his contribution of "CL66 in Camo".)
(Special Thanks to Debbie Campani for her contribution of "Woodford & Crew".)

A personal letter from a Springfield crew member, August 25, 1945.

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(Special Thanks to Richard Donovan, Served aboard Sept. 9, 1944 to Feb. 1946, for his contribution of
"Shanghai, China", "Donovan & 6" Guns", and the crew member's letter.)

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