COMMANDING OFFICERS
OF USS TUSCALOOSA (CA-37):

Captain H. Ferguson, USN

17 August 1934

 -

5 January 1936

Commander Dan A. McElduff, USN

 

5 January 1936

 -

4 February 1936

Captain Irving H. Mayfield, USN

 

4 February 1936

 -

5 August 1937

Captain Randall Jones, USN

 

5 August 1937

 -

7 July 1938

Captain Harry A. Badt, USN

 

7 July 1938

 -

8 December 1939

Commander Joseph R. Redman, USN

 

8 December 1939

 -

27 May 1940

Captain Lee P. Johnson

 

27 May 1940

 -

12 February 1942

Captain Norman C. Gillette, USN

 

12 February 1942

 -

21 April 1943

Captain John E. W. Waller, USN

 

21 April 1943

 -

9 October 1944

Captain James G. Atkins, USN

 

9 October 1944

 -

27 November 1945

Captain Joseph A. Connolly, USN

 

27 November 1945

 -

2 March 1946

Commander L.B. O Connor, USN

 

2 March 1946

 -

9 July 1946

USS TUSCALOOSA AWARDS

If the Tuscaloosa were still afloat, you might see a diagram like this on her bridge:

This diagram represents the following awards for the ship (presented in Navy Order of Precedence, not necessarily in chronological order):

ribbon diagram

           Combat Action Ribbon China Service Medal           
American Defense Service Medal American Campaign Service Medal European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal World War II Victory Medal Navy Occupation Service Medal

Here are the details (in chronological order):

American Defense Service Medal awarded for service at any time between 8 September 1939 and 7 December 1941, inclusive.

American Campaign Service Medal awarded for service in the continental United States for an aggregate period of one year between Dec. 7, 1941 and March 2, 1946, inclusive.

European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (with silver star in lieu of five bronze stars) awarded for service in the relevant geographical area between Dec. 7, 1941, and Nov. 8, 1945, inclusive.

The Tuscaloosa's five battle stars in this theater of operations are as follows:

Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with two bronze stars) awarded for service in the relevant geographical area between Dec. 7, 1941, and Nov. 8, 1945, inclusive.

The Tuscaloosa's two battle stars in this theater of operations are as follows:

World War II Victory Medal awarded for service in World War II at any time between 7 December 1941 and 31 December 1946, inclusive.

Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia Clasp) awarded for service in the occupation of the territories of the enemies of the United States during World War II, and subsequent to the surrender of those enemies.

China Service Medal (extended) awarded for service during operations in China subsequent to 2 September 1945.

Combat Action Ribbon

On 5 Oct 1999, the Secretary of the Navy authorized the Combat Action Ribbon retroactively to Navy and Marine Corps members who participated in surface combat during the WWII (Dec. 7, 1941 - April 14, 1946) and Korea (June 27, 1950 - July 27, 1954) eras.

The above information relates to the ship.  For information on obtaining medals click here.


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