USS Raleigh first found in USS Helena CL-50 War Diary for 13 July 1942,
Below Photo# 19-N-30916. USS Raleigh (CL-7) off the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 6 July 1942.

USS Raleigh (CL-7) Awards

USS Raleigh (CL-7) was an Omaha-class light cruiser, originally classified as a scout cruiser, of
the United States Navy. She was the third Navy ship named for the city of Raleigh, North Carolina .
She spent most of her pre-war career in the Atlantic. Her first duty was to assist in the USAAS's
first aerial circumnavigation of the world. In 1936 Raleigh joined Squadron 40-T in neutrality
patrols during the Spanish Civil War where she would serve until 1938 when she would be
transferred to the Pacific. This would lead her to be fatefully moored at berth F-12 on the morning
of 7 December 1941, where she would take a torpedo in her No.2 boiler room and claim five
victories with her anti-aircraft batteries with no loss of life.

USS Raleigh (CL-7) being kept afloat by a barge lashed alongside at Pearl Harbor.




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