USS Biloxi [CL-80, cruise book, 1943-1945] World War II ~ Iwo Jima, Okinawa, etc ~ Pacific Theater


Title: [USS] U.S.S. Biloxi [CL-80, cruise book, 1943-1945]

Description: Navy blue boards with gold pictorial title on front cover. Mild wear to covers. Internally clean and unmarked. Illustrated throughout. [88] pages. Oblong format. 9 x 12 inches. Scarce. Four institutional copies located on OCLC (US Naval Academy, Navy Department Library (D.C.), San Francisco Maritime Research Center, Columbia River Maritime Museum).

Includes a brief description and history of the ship as well as its role in World War II. Illustrated with photographs of the ship and its crew in action as well as with several pages showing the life of sailors on board and ashore. (No portraits or identified sailors, other than commanders).

The USS Biloxi (CL-80) was a Cleveland-class light cruiser. It was commissioned at the end of August 1943 and decommissioned in 1946.

''In 1944 she was primarily assigned to screen the carrier striking forces during their frequent attacks on Japanese-held islands and in the battles of the Philippine Sea in June 1944 and Leyte Gulf in October. She also used her guns to bombard enemy positions during the assaults on the Marshall Islands in January-February 1944, Northern New Guinea in April.

''Biloxi's work with the carriers continued during the first months of 1945, as the war moved up to Japan. In addition she bombarded Iwo Jima when that island was invaded in February. During late March and the first weeks of April her guns actively supported the landings and ground operations on Okinawa. While taking part in pre-invasion bombardment there on 27 March, Biloxi was hit by a Japanese suicide attack plane, but damage was relatively light and she remained in action.'' - [Naval Historical Center]

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Very Good+

Publisher: [Lithographed by Schwabacher-Frey Company]
Place: [San Francisco]
Year: 1946

Keywords: Navy, World War II, WWII, Pacific Theater, Far East, naval operations, Iwo Jima, Okinawa,

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