USS Birmingham (CL-62) was a Cleveland class light cruiser named for the city of Birmingham, Alabama, the “Pittsburgh of the South”. She was launched by Mrs Cooper Green, wife of the president of the Birmingham City Commission on 20th March 1942. She earned eight battle stars and received heavy damage on at least three occasions.
Birmingham gave gunfire support during the invasion of Sicily in July 1943. Afterwards she was assigned to the Pacific Fleet, taking part in battles on Tarawa, Wake Islands, and Empress Augusta Bay. Also participating in those actions were her sister ships Cleveland, Columbia, Montpelier, and Denver marking the first major action by the new Cleveland class light cruisers that were just entering the fleet.
During 1944-45 Birmingham took part in eleven major raids and battles. They included such actions as Battles of Saipan, Okinawa, Leyte Gulf, and Iwo Jima. She was damaged for a third time when a Japanese kamikaze hit her up forward. Forty-seven sailors were killed, 81 wounded, and 4 were missing in action.
Following repairs, she steamed to Brisbane, Melbourne and other Australian ports and returned to San Francisco in 1946. She was taken out of commission and placed in reserve in 1947. Then, in 1959 she was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register and scrapped at Long Beach, California.
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