USS Savannah (CL 42)
Light cruiser of the Brooklyn class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||New York Shipbuilding Corp. (Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||31 May 1934|
|Launched||8 May 1937|
|Commissioned||10 Feb 1938|
|End service||3 Feb 1947|
Decommissioned 3 February 1947.
Commands listed for USS Savannah (CL 42)
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and that we only list Commanding Officers for the duration of the Second World War.
|1||Robert Carlisle Griffin, USN||10 Mar 1938||15 May 1940|
|2||Capt. Harry Gates Patrick, USN||15 May 1940||12 Jul 1940|
|3||Cdr. Alfred Paul Haken Tawresey, USN||12 Jul 1940||19 Jul 1940|
|4||Cdr. Ingolf Norman Kiland, USN||19 Jul 1940||8 Aug 1940|
|5||Capt. Andrew Carl Bennett, USN||8 Aug 1940||10 Jun 1942|
|6||Capt. Leon Sangster Fiske, USN||10 Jun 1942||17 Feb 1943|
|7||Robert Webster Carey, USN||17 Feb 1943||12 Oct 1943|
|8||T/Capt. Philip Daniel Lohmann, USN||12 Oct 1943||22 Jan 1944|
|9||T/Cdr. David Darwin Scott, USN||22 Jan 1944||27 Mar 1944|
|10||T/Cdr. Charles Mortimer Holcombe, USN||27 Mar 1944||6 Apr 1944|
|11||T/Cdr. Ernest Judson Davis, USN||6 Apr 1944||26 Jun 1944|
|12||T/Capt. James Hicks Foskett, USN||26 Jun 1944||9 Jun 1945|
|13||T/Cdr. Edward Earl Hoffman, USN||9 Jun 1945||14 Jun 1945|
|14||T/Capt. Bryan Cobb Harper, USN||14 Jun 1945||1 Mar 1946|
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Notable events involving Savannah include:
11 Sep 1943
(Captain Robert Webster Carey, USN)A German glider bomb hit USS Savannah off Salerno, exploding into the hull below the waterline, and causing serious damage to the ship.
The glider bomb pierced through the armoured turret roof of the number 3 gun turret, passed through three decks into the lower handling room where it exploded leaving a gaping hole in the bottom, and tore open a seam in the ship's port side. Also 197 men lost their lives in this attack.
The badly damaged Savannah was back in the United States on 23 December 1943 and was repaired and refitted at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. This being completed on 4 September 1944.