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USS Astoria (CA-34) - WWII - New Orleans Class Heavy Cruiser - My father-in-laws ship from 1939 to 1942, where it was sunk due to damages it incurred during the Battle of Savo Island - Guadalcannal Campaign. The group of 9 ships he was with were devided into 3 groups of 3 to create blockades into the main channel. These blockades were weak at best and a group of about 10 Japanese ships snuck into his area of the channel and attacked. The Japanese ships immediately disabled and sunk the to Heavy Cuisers (sister ships to the Astoria). The Astoria was able to inflict damage to a few ships before the damage it was delt disabled its rudder control. The Japanese broke off from the fight and abruptly left. The Astoria took over 65 hits. The zig zagged out to sea where numerous attempts to ship the ship were made, but she sunk just after noon the next day.
The Astoria was stationed at Pearl Harbor, but was out on patrol the day of the attack. It was present in the Battle of Midway and took part in a number of TFs, the Battle of the Coral Sea, the Southwestern Pacific Cruise, and the Solomons were it sank at Savo.
There were 2 vessels named Astoria before CA-34 (a sailing vessel (2400 ton sloop)1869, and AK-8 fuel suppy vessel 1920), and one after - CL-90 Cleveland Class Light Cruiser 1944 (WWII).
My father-in-law served to the end of the war on another cruiser and station at Pearl Harbor. He didn't talk much about the battles he took part in. He died in 1998 at age 75.
U.S.S. Corbomite after TOS episode "The Corbomite Manuever". Of course, I had to name it's captain "Bailey". Maybe a bit cheesy, but that's one of my favorite episodes. My other is U.S.S. Finality. Just sounded like a cool name to me. After that last post above, I feel my names are pretty small and meaningless. I got much respect for our vets, especially WWII vets. My grandfather was at Normandy and Battle of the Bulge. He was a medic and saw some heavy stuff but seldom talked about it. I could tell it bothered him deeply all his life. Some soldiers pay the price of death. Others pay the price of living through things I can't imagine. I wonder which is the greater price. Salute!