On this day in Alabama history: USS Birmingham sees battle for first time

On this day in Alabama history: USS Birmingham sees battle for first time
U.S. Navy light cruiser, USS Birmingham (CL-62), in the Hampton Roads area, Virginia, on Feb. 20, 1943. (U.S. Naval Historical Center, Wikipedia)

July 10, 1943

On July 10, 1943, just over a year since the USS Birmingham was launched, the ship saw the first battle of its career. The Birmingham was one of many ships that was set to assist in Operation Husky — the semi-aquatic invasion of Sicily during World War II. The ship’s role in the invasion was to provide cover for the Third Infantry Division by firing at German and Italian positions. The vessel faced its first casualty that day when the gunner of one of the Birmingham’s spotter planes was shot and killed by friendly fire. After Operation Husky, the Birmingham returned to port for a short time before sailing for Pearl Harbor.

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