On this day in Alabama history: USS Birmingham fought in The Battle of Guam

On this day in Alabama history: USS Birmingham fought in The Battle of Guam
Launching the USS Birmingham at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company shipyard, Newport News, Virginia, Mar. 20, 1942. (U.S. Naval Historical Center National Archives, courtesy of James Russell)

July 21, 1944

The USS Birmingham, a light cruiser named for Alabama’s largest city, earned fame in World War II. The ship was built in Newport News, Virginia, and later launched by Mrs. Cooper Green, wife of the president of the Birmingham City Commission. The USS Birmingham was one of the fiercest fighting ships during heavy battle in the Pacific theater. The Battle of Guam on July 21, 1944, was one of the ship’s most ferocious conflicts. The battle ended when the U.S. territory in the Mariana Islands was finally declared secure on Aug. 10, 1944. After many heavy crusades, the USS Birmingham was decommissioned in 1946.

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