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USS Quincy (CA-39)

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USS Quincy (CA-39) was a heavy cruiser of the U.S. Navy's New Orleans-class, commissioned in 1936 and sunk during the Battle of Savo Island, part of the Guadalcanal campaign, in 1942.

She began the Second World War in the Atlantic. "With the outbreak of World War II in Europe in early September 1939, Quincy began Neutrality Patrol activities in the western Atlantic area. She revisited South America during mid-1940 and over the next year participated in Naval Reserve training voyages, more Neutrality enforcement patrols and Caribbean amphibous warfare exercises. Beginning in July 1941, the Quincy cruised between the Atlantic coast and Iceland, marking an extension of U.S. "short of war" operations to the middle of the North Atlantic. Later in the year, she escorted a convoy from South Africa to Trinidad.

Following an overhaul, she transferred to the Pacific Fleet in June 1942. "The next month, she was sent to New Zealand, where she joined the forces preparing for the invasion of the southern Solomon Islands. On 7 August 1942, Quincy bombarded Japanese installations on Guadalcanal in support of the U.S. Marine Corps landing there. During the night of 8-9 August, she was one of three heavy cruisers stationed in the northern approaches to the invasion zone and was sunk there by a force of Japanese cruisers in the disastrous Battle of Savo Island in the early morning darkness of 9 August 1942."[1]


  1. USS Quincy (CA-39), 1936-1942, Naval Historical Center