UNITED STATES NAVY USS Alaska CB-1
USS Alaska CB-1
Dedication: This site is dedicated to the memory of our fathers, brothers, sons and daughters who have fought in all wars past and present, and given up their lives in the protection of our country, our flag, and our freedoms.

HISTORY

USS Alaska, the first of The Alaska was the first of the Alaska class large cruisers...the 27,500-ton Alaska class large cruisers, was built at Camden, New Jersey, and was commissioned in June 1944. After shakedown training in Chesapeake Bay and in the Caribbean with USS Missouri (BB-63), she sailed for the Pacific in December 1944 and joined the fast carrier task forces at Ulithi two months later. Between February and July 1945, Alaska provided anti-aircraft protection for the carriers during raids on the Japanese home islands and during the Okinawa campaign. She also fired two shore bombardment missions with her 12" guns. In July and August 1945, in company with her sister Guam and four light cruisers, she conducted anti-shipping raiding operations in the East China Sea.

After the Japanese surrender, Alaska carried out a show of force off the major ports in the Yellow Sea and supported the landing of occupation troops at Jinsen (Inchon), Korea. The large cruiser returned to the United States in December 1945. USS Alaska was decommissioned at Bayonne, New Jersey in February 1947, and remained there until sold for scrapping in June 1960.

REUNION NEWS

Reunion information - USS ALASKA CB-1The The TWENTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE U.S.S. ALASKA (CB-1) was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Pensacola, Florida March 17 - 20, 2010.

Click here to read a special message from Charles St. George and to view and print more information.

Have You Visited THE GALLERY Yet?

The USS ALASKA PHOTO GALLERY has photos of the 1997 - 2003 annual reunions. You are invited to browse and leave your special thoughts, memories and comments for each photo.

Do you have photos you would like to submit to the Gallery? Email the website coordinator for details on how to do that!

NEWS
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Letter of Interest

Dear Mr. St George:

I read about the reunion of USS Alaska CB-1 in the January 2010 VFW Magazine. Pensacola in March is a glorious place, the azaleas should be in full bloom...(I was the Port Services Officer at NAS from 1982-1984).

I am a member of the Universal Ship Cancellation Society (USCS), which is an international organization of 1200+ men and women, founded in 1932, who collect naval covers (postal pieces cancelled aboard Navy & Coast Guard ships and Marine Corps bases). We are committed to keeping alive the histories of the fine ships of our Navy, Marine Corps, & Coast Guard team, and the men & women who serve in them.

Attached are scans of a couple Alaska covers and a photo postcard, and I thought that perhaps some of your shipmates might enjoy seeing them. In fact, some of the attendees at your reunion may well be responsible for some of this mail. You may send these on to potential attendees as a way to help promote your reunion, or any other manner you deem appropriate. (Maybe posting on your reunion web page?) (I hope that SK2c Rendell, LT Murch and S2/c Croudo are still with us, and at your reunion!)

Read more of the letter and view images by clicking here!