A Chronological History

of the U.S. Navy Cruiser USS Little Rock
CL 92 / CLG 4 / CG 4

Page last updated: 4 March, 2021

1947 - 1956
1947      1948      1949      1950 - 1956

13 Dec - 06 Jan - Moored at Pier 26, North River, New York, NY
06 Jan - Depart New York for Newport, RI
Jan (2 weeks) - Conducted training exercises out of Newport to prepare for two-week Naval Reserve training cruise out of Charleston, SC
03 Feb - Admiral Marc A. Mitscher dies.
05 Feb - Depart Newport, RI
08 Feb 1039 Moored portside to Pier 7F, Navy Yard Charleston, SC. to embarked Naval Reserve personnel for training cruise.
- Note: "The Bulletin Board" section of the February 1947 issue of All Hands magazine reported in an article entitled "Many Cruises Scheduled for Reserves; 6,150 Will Take Part in Training Afloat"" that: "09 to 22 February - USS Little Rock CL 92 will depart Charleston, S.C., for San Juan, Puerto Rico, with billets for 33 Reserve officers and 315 Reserve enlisted men."
10 Feb 1002 Underway from Charleston for San Juan, Puerto Rico.
15 Feb 1057 Moored portside to Naval Base, San Juan, PR.
17 Feb - Underway for Guantanamo Bay operating area.
22 Feb - Returned to Pier 7F, Navy Yard Charleston, SC to disembark large number of reservists.
1530 Underway for Leonardo, NJ.
24 Feb 1018 Moored portside to Naval Ammo Pier #1, Berth #1, Leonardo, NJ to unload ammo.
25 Feb 1508 Underway for Gravesend Bay, NY.
26 Feb 0702 Passed under Brooklyn Bridge after anchoring in Gravesend Bay.
27 Feb - Moored Berth #5, Pier D, New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, NY. Later moved to Drydock #4.
01 Mar - Begin three month overhaul at New York Naval Shipyard, Naval Base Station, Brooklyn, NY.
10 (12?) Mar - Captain Francis J. Mee (a classmate of Captain Smith-Hutton) relieves Captain Henri Smith-Hutton as CO of CL 92.
20 Jun - At New York Naval Base Shipyard, Brooklyn, NY (Picture)
28 Jun - Transferred approx. 100 men to USS Wilkes-Barre CL-103
29 Jun 1336 Underway
01 Jul - Moored portside to Berth A-2, Naval Ammo Pier, Leonardo, NJ.
- Gunnery Officer - LCDR Roderick O. Middleton
- 2nd Division Officer - ENS William O. Raimmie.
1512 Underway for Newport, RI.
02 Jul - Moored to Buoy 2 in Gravesend Bay, NY.
03 Jul 0752 Moored Buoy M-20, Narragansett Bay, Newport, RI.  
- Rear Admiral Cooley, USN aboard on official business.
1430 Received on board 34 cases of cigarettes, gross weight 900 lbs. Inspected as to quality by LCDR W.A. Mann, SC.
1430 Deck court, LCDR F.R. Hoeppner, USN met to try the cases of: BRAGG, John G., S2, OPLINGER, Leroy C., S2, MONKS, Leonard J., S2 and MERANDO, Michael F., F2.
- KARCHER, Charles I. CMM reported aboard with a large contingent of men, having been transferred from USS Wilkes-Barre CL-103.
09 Jul - Hoisted aboard A/C (Aircraft) 35412 (Pilot LTJG Hoffman), and A/C 35553 (Pilot Ens. H.L. Smith). See SC-1 data
14 Jul 0849 Underway - refueled USS Brownson DD-868 and USS Fiske DD-842, 5231 gallons.
1507 General Quarters drill.
1614 LT. E.E. Sandoval hospitalized.
1758 Anchored in 16 fathoms at Block Island.
15 Jul 0951 Underway.
1831 Anchored SE No Mans Land Island.
16 Jul 0701 Underway
17 Jul 1209 20 mm and 40mm firing on plane tow.
1655 Moored to Buoy 20 Narragansett Bay, Newport, RI
18 Jul 1510 Underway for Boston.
2050 General Quarters drill.
19 Jul 0942 Moored portside to USS Providence CL-82, Berth 5, U.S. Naval Shipyard, Boston, MA.
22 Jul 0815 Breasted ship from alongside CL-82 to Pier 4. Rudder and screws touched mud shoulder in 20' of water.
1207 Underway singly for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
26 Jul - Anchored, Berth #2 Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 6 fathoms.
27 Jul - Approximately 60 people reported aboard.
28 Jul 0722 Underway. General Quarters, A/C launch and recovery training.
29 Jul - Refueled at sea from USS Caloosahatchee AO-98.
30 Jul - Moored portside (to pier) BB-3, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
31 Jul 0738 Underway.
01 Aug 1413 Firing 20 mm.
1614 Shore bombardment (Exercise 0-77) in area of FSU-1
1810 Anchored Berth E, Guantanamo Bay
04 Aug 0729 Underway. Simulated mustard gas attack and other drills.
07 Aug - Moored Berth 5, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. At 1531 felt severe underwater vibration, believed caused by earthquake. (See Note 1. below.)
08 Aug - Simulated bomb attack and tow by USS Macomb DMS 23.
1756 Anchored in Berth A Guantanamo Bay, ship drill, General Quarters red alert, reserve party to extinguish fire on USS Macomb DMS-23 (ex DD-458).
09 Aug - Anchored in Berth E, Guantanamo Bay. USS Missouri in port. First meeting after LITTLE ROCK hit Missouri with 5" star shell. (Exact date is in question.)
11 Aug 0729 Underway. Steaming singly in operating areas 5, 6, and 7.
13 Aug 1706 Anchored Berth E Guantanamo Bay.
14 Aug 0728 Underway
15 Aug 1540 Moored starboard side BB-1, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
16 Aug 0835 Anchored Berth E, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
18 Aug 0730 Underway
1104 Lost steering control - shifted to emergency steering in hanger.
20 Aug - Anchored Berth E, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
21 Aug 1403 Underway. Refueled USS Fitch DMS-25. Simulated transferring stretcher case with USS Fitch.
2003 Unidentified ship illuminated CL 92. No answer to challenge. Wartime GQ, anti-submarine course.
22 Aug 1121 Bombardment of beach. Anchored at Berth E, Guantanamo Bay.
1834 Hoisted Admiral's barge and got underway.
24 Aug 0928 Moored portside to Seawall Caribbean Sea Frontier, San Juan, PR.
1837 Underway.
25 Aug 2012 Culebra Island cruiser bombardment - night shore bombardment with 5" guns.
- Steaming singly enroute Newport, RI
30 Aug 0823 Arrive Newport, RI. Moor to buoy M15 Narragansett Bay
15 Sep 0859 Underway for Atlantic fleet exercises
16 Sep - Refueling
17 Sep - Aviators LT E.E. Sandoval and LT B.F. Hoffman down at sea - located late at night.
(See SC-1 data.) (More info)
- Man overboard from USS Glennon DD-840.
19 Sep 1144 Moored to buoy M15 Narragansett Bay.
24 Sep - Underway singly to Norfolk, VA
25 Sep 0716 Anchored to receive (harbor) pilot
0919 Underway for Berth 21, Hampton Roads.
0947 Anchored Berth Zebra, Hampton Roads, VA
26 Sep 1327 Moored portside Pier #5, Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, VA.
03 Oct - Large group of men from USS New Jersey and USS Albany reported aboard.
08 Oct 0833 Underway. Fog. Return to M19.
09 Oct 0810 Underway for Operations Areas 2 and 2A.
1607 Moored M19 Narragansett Bay, Newport.. Observed Aurora Borealis.
13 Oct 1221 YG25 moored to port quarter to receive garbage.
14 Oct 0850 Underway.
1850 Moored to Buoy 29, Narragansett Bay
15 Oct 0900 Underway. 1613 Moored M19. Steering casualty drill.
16 Oct 0832 Underway, Foggy. Short range battle practice.
17 Oct - Moored to M19, Narragansett Bay. Foggy.
20 Oct 0831 Underway. Conducted gunfire exercises.
21 Oct 1752 Moored to M19, Narragansett Bay.
22 Oct 0804 Got Underway
23 Oct 0004 Moored to M19, Narragansett Bay.
1528 Underway singly for Boston to participate in "Navy Day" celebration on Monday, 27 Oct.
25 Oct 0004 Moored portside to Pier 7, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
- Sailed for Maine without all of the crew.
26 Oct 0004 Moored portside to State Pier, Portland, ME.
- Fire parties, under command of LCDR S.D. Smith sent to Hollis Center and Kezar Falls, Maine to fight forest fires.
27 Oct 0930 Opened ship for general visiting.
29 Oct 1801 Got underway from Portland, ME for Boston, MA.
30 Oct 0813 Moored portside to Pier 7, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
- Enroute to Newport, RI
31 Oct 1049 Moored to M18, Narragansett Bay. 
- BM1 D.H. Butler died when crushed between ship and chain to buoy. (More)
1202 Cast off hook and rope on Buoy 18, and stood up to Berth 54.
1211 Anchored Narragansett Bay.
01 Nov - Anchored in 20 fathoms at Berth 54.
02 Nov 0009 Moored to Buoy 19.
03 Nov - Refueled. 338,551 gallons.
06 Nov - Took on 2700 gal. of fuel.
- USMC Capt. F. Caldwell had practice maneuvers with shore party.
10 Nov 1044 Underway in company with CruDiv10 for Gibraltar. In company with USS Providence CL82 and USS Portsmouth CL102.  Headed to Mediterranean.
11 Nov - USS Gearing DD-710 came alongside with mail. Steaming at 20-23 knots with Task Force 44.1
12 Nov - Steaming for Europe. USS Green DD-711 lost man overboard.
- Drill general quarters, surface exercises.
- Motor launch #3 broke its mooring.
17 Nov - 0820 General Quarters.
- 1315 Tactical exercises - standard speed 15 knots. USS Gearing DD710 assumed formation guide. OTC RADM G.E. Dyer ComCruDiv 10.
18 Nov - Refueled USS Bailey DD713, USS Green DD711, and USS Steinaker DD863.
19 Nov - USS Providence CL82 assumed formation guide.  Received observers from USS Ware DD865.
1909  General Quarters condition ABLE.
20 Nov - Arrive Gibraltar Harbor.
1201 Gibraltar saluting battery fired 21 gun salute in honor of marriage of Princess Elizabeth of Great Britain.
- Full dress ship in honor of Princess Elizabeth.
1240 Moored to Berth 4 in 8 fathoms. Refueled from tanker Prestol. USS Fresno CLAA121 stood in harbor.
- In port with USS Willard Kerth DD775, Douglas Fox DD779, Zellers DD777, Manchester CL83, Dayton CL105, Dyess DD880, Midway CVB41, Providence CL82, Portsmouth CL102 and HMS Devonshire.
- USS Dyess transported liberty party to Tangiers.
24 Nov 0947 Cast off all lines - got underway for Bone, Algeria.
- Praylo released from solitary confinement.
26 Nov 1423 Anchored in 20 fathoms, Lazarette Bay, Bone, Algeria with USS Midway CVB41, Providence CL82, Portsmouth CL102. On one hour notice got underway.
29 Nov 0808 Underway for Naples, Italy
30 Nov - USS Gyatt DD-712, Midway CVB-41, Gearing DD-710, Bailey DD-713, and Green DD-711, left in formation.
03 Dec 0004 Anchored in Baia di Castellamoro off Naples break water.
1322 Pulled anchor, three tugs alongside. Moored stern to M010 SanVincenzo, Naples inner harbor.
04 Dec - Fire drill - all hands. Water barge came alongside.
05 Dec - Administered first aid to Italian civilian Don Pasquale (in bum boat). CL82 crew threw pipe overboard.
08 Dec 0845 Anchors aweigh for high speed radar tracking drills.
1850 Sighted Stromboli Volcano e/r to Marsaxlokk, Malta.
10 Dec 0004 Anchored in berth at Marsaxlokk, Malta, in 16 fathoms with CL82, CL102 and HMS Chieftain.
11 Dec 0759 Underway with CL82 for gunnery practice.
12 Dec 0004 Returned to berth in Malta.
0757 Got Underway for Naples, Italy.
13 (15?) Dec 1430 Moored stern to M0101 San Vincenzo, Naples.
Refueled USS Grand Canyon AD28, CL82, and CL102
16 Dec - Italian citizen Paliotti Gennaro of Naples had minor injury on breakwater when hit in the eye with a flying potato from the ship.
- Took on 800,750 rounds of small arms ammo from the Italian government.
- In harbor with USS Corduba AF32, CL82, CL102, DD713, HMS Georgic, USS Chipola AO63, USS Vogelsang DD866, DD710, DD712, CVB41, and five Italian destroyers.
19 Dec 0907 Underway for Piraeus, Greece. Steaming singly.
21 (22?) Dec 1050 Moored stern to Miaougle Quay Megas Harbor, Piraeus, Greece. Other ships USS Gyatt DD712 and HMS Cardon Bay.
1430 USS Bailey DD713 moored.
23 Dec - RADM Antonopoulos, Royal Hellenic Navy paid visit. (See Note 2 below)
1505 British cruiser HMS Mauritius arrived and moored alongside CL 92.
- Transferred 27 tons of ammo to army
25 Dec - Christmas in Piraeus,(Athens) Greece.
31 Dec - Pagoulatost granted special 72 hour leave.

  1. An earthquake was in fact recorded at 00:40:20 hrs on 07 Aug 1947 centered at approximately 19.75N, 75.32W (in south-eastern Cuba, near Santiago de Cuba and Baconao). It had a magnitude between 6 and 7. A local newspaper indicated that there were three quakes, followed by a fourth several hours later. Perhaps this helps to explain the discrepancies in the Log entry time (1530 hr) and the time noted above.
  2. VADM Pericles Antonopoulos was Chief of the Hellenic Navy General Staff from 20 Sept 1947 to 17 Nov 1951.

04 Jan - Greek sailors set up perimeter on pier to guard USS Little Rock.
- "Truman Doctrine" shows USA support of Greek government against Communists.
- Captain William D. Wright relieves Captain Francis J. Mee as CL 92 CO.
05 Jan - Departed Piraeus for Augusta, Sicily
06 Jan - Curtiss SC-1 Seahawk crashes and sinks. Pilot rescued.
08 Jan - Arrive Augusta, Sicily
12 Jan - Underway from Augusta, Sicily for operations
13 Jan - Drills and Exercises per P.O.D. Transfer mail to USS Providence.
- Refueled at sea from AO-109.
- Movie "Molly and Me".
17 Jan - Arrive, Grand Harbor, Valletta, Malta with USS Providence.
20 Jan - Depart Valetta for Marsaxlokk, Malta
21 Jan - Arrive Marsaxlokk, Malta
23 Jan - Depart Marsaxlokk, Malta for Taranto, Italy
24 Jan - Arrived at Taranto, Italy
26 Jan - SC-1 aircraft lost. Pilot, Ens. Logan was rescued by LITTLE ROCK's boat crew.  (Pictures)
29 Jan - Depart Taranto, Italy for Venezia (Venice) Italy.
31 Jan - Arrive Venice, Italy
09 Feb - Departed Venice for Trieste, Italy. Arrived Trieste same day.
16 Feb - Departed Trieste for Bizerte, Tunisia
19 Feb - Arrived Bizerte, Tunisia
24 Feb - Depart Bizerte, Tunisia for Tangier, Morocco
27 Feb - Arrived Tangier, Morocco
01 Mar - Departed Tangier, Morocco for Gibraltar
02 Mar - Arrived Gibraltar
02 Mar (?) - Depart Gibraltar for Newport, RI
?? Mar - Atlantic storm
?? Mar - Highline personnel to / from USS Providence CL-82.
11 Mar - Arrive Newport, RI
Week of 11 Apr - At sea. Transferred by hi-line personnel to and from USS Portsmouth CL-102. Click for Photos.
17-18 Apr - Port-au-Prince, Haiti
15-16 May - At San Juan, Puerto Rico in company with USS Portsmouth CL-102 and USS Providence CL-82. Click HERE to see photo.
24 May - Captain Henry G. Moran relieves Captain William D. Wright as CO of CL 92.
04-06 Jun - Moored at Quonset Point Naval Air Station, Quonset Point, RI
05-06 Jun - LITTLE ROCK open for visitors.
26-29 Jun - At Marblehead, Massachusetts to celebrate "Open House in Old Marblehead".  LITTLE ROCK anchors off Marblehead Light. (See Note 4. below.)
26 Jun 0900 LITTLE ROCK anchors at Marblehead, MA.
- Marblehead, MA baseball team beats LITTLE ROCK 8-0.
- Mr. & Mrs. Charles H. Pinkham hold a "Welsome" party for LITTLE ROCK officers at their home. A "stag party" was held at the Eastern Yacht Club.
27 Jun 1000 LITTLE ROCK open to general visitors.
1400 Softball game between LITTLE ROCK crew and local team.
1800 Reception for officers of USS Little Rock.
2100 Searchlight display.
28 Jun 1000 LITTLE ROCK open to general visitors.
1400 Softball game between LITTLE ROCK officers and crew.
1600 Dinner for Captain Moran (ashore).
2100 Searchlight display.
29 Jun 1000 LITTLE ROCK open to special guests.
1100 "Open House in Old Marblehead."
1800 Softball game at Seaside Park between LITTLE ROCK crew and Veterans.
Post-game dancing at Abbott Hall for crew. Music by Hingston's Orchestra.
2100 Searchlight display.
30 Jun 0800 LITTLE ROCK weighs anchor to depart Marblehead, MA.
30 Jun - LITTLE ROCK makes north-to-south transit of Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts
01 Jul - Moored Newport, RI
05 Jul - Underway with USS Providence CL82 and USS Portsmouth  CL102.
1438 Took departure for Quebec, Canada.
09 Jul - Moored to Wolf Cove Dock, Quebec, Canada
10 Jul 1000 Captain's Inspection - Liberty will commence upon completion of Captain's Inspection about 1015.
1100 Bus tours of the city. ($2.50)
1300 Bus tours of the city. ($2.50)
1400 Free train trip to Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre
1500 Bus tours of the city. ($2.50)
2100 2100 Dance at Air Force Hall. (Partners will be provided and admitted by invitation extended by women's organizations. Chaperones will be on duty.)
11 Jul 1100 Bus tours of the city (same as Saturday)
1300 Bus tours of the city (same as Saturday)
1400 Free train trip to Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre
1500 Bus tours of the city (same as Saturday)
2030 Band concert on Terrace (Gathering place for population every evening)
12 Jul 0947 Got underway from Quebec to Newport. RI.
1415 Exercised crew at general drills.
16 Jul 1806 Arrived Newport, RI - secure steering and main engines
19 Jul 0800 Local Kiwanis Club members arrive on board.
- LITTLE ROCK departs Newport, RI for day trip with local Kiwanis Club.
- Conducting various exercises while underway.
2100 LITTLE ROCK returns to Newport
- Kiwanis Club members remain on board for the night.
20 Jul - LITTLE ROCK departs Newport, RI for day trip with local Kiwanis Club.
- Conducting various exercises while underway.
- LITTLE ROCK returns to Newport, RI
Kiwanis Club members remain on board for the night.
21 Jul 0740 LITTLE ROCK departs Newport, RI for day trip with local Kiwanis Club.
- Conducting various exercises while underway.
- LITTLE ROCK returns to Newport, RI
- Kiwanis Club members depart LITTLE ROCK.
- Captain Moran is "elected an honorary member of The Kiwanis Club of Newport, RI."
30 Jul - Got underway for Norfolk, VA.
31 Jul 1349 Moored at Norfolk, VA
02 Aug 1056 Got underway for St. Thomas, VI. Sailing with USS Providence CL82, and USS Portsmouth CL102.
03 Aug - Conducting various drills - man overboard, ship handling exercises, etc.
2015 Darkened ship and commenced searchlight illumination exercise.
06 Aug 1611 Moored at West Indian Company dock, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. First visit by a modern warship "in many years" according to the "Photo News"" of Charlotte Amilie, Virgin Islands.
- Shore leave "Liberty" granted for 650 crew
07 Aug - Moored at Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
- Shore leave "Liberty" granted for 650 crew
- Ship open for visitors (1300-1600)
1730 Governor and Mrs. Hastings host a cocktail party at the Government House. In addition to Captain Moran, invited guests include: "....CDR Craighill, CDR Veth, LCDR Fitzgerald, LCDR Martins, LCDR Sardenha, plus three aditional officers or reserve officers...."
08 Aug - Moored at Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
- Shore leave "Liberty" granted for 650 crew
- Ship open for visitors (1300-1600)
09 Aug 0811 Underway from Charlotte Amalie to Norfolk, VA.
14 Aug 0631 Moored at Norfolk, VA
15 Aug 1814 Underway for Newport, RI
16 Aug 0803 Entered Newport, RI
17 Aug 0844 Got underway for Operating Area.
1210 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds
1305 Launched aircraft and recovered.
1616 Moored at Narragansett Bay, RI.
21 Aug 0900 RAdm George C. Dyer came aboard on an official visit to present Efficiency Award in Gunnery to USS Little Rock for years 1947-1948.
23 Aug - RADM Dyer and staff, and Capt. A.L. Maher of USS Portsmouth CL102 conducted a surprise administrative inspection of vessel.  Inspection party receivedfullhonors.
26 Aug - 12 men transferred to USS Missouri, 2 men transferred to USS Rochester, 4 men transferred to USS Mississippi, 3 men transferred to USS Manchester, and several more to other ships.
27 Aug 0930 Sentence of R.F.Jones for (1) threw chair over side, (2) wearing of civilian clothes aboard ship, (3) disobedience of orders.  Sentence: Solitary confinement on bread and water for 30 days with full ration every third day, lose $30 per month of pay for four months.
30 Aug - Got underway in accordance with dispatch from USS Providence - ships in formation include various units of US Atlantic Fleet. Enroute from Newport to sea to avoid hurricane. (Damage Report) (See Note 1. below.)
01 Sep 0320 Lost #3 motor whale boat over port side. Unable to estimate storm damage due to weather conditions.
02 Sep - Steaming singly enroute to New York.
1554 Moored in NY Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn. Naval shipyard reps investigated storm damage to ship and listed required repairs, 42 in number.
- The Department of the Navy announced plans today to replace fourteen ships in the Mediterranean with sixteen vessels . . . . from stations on the East Coast.....   Replacements would include the light cruisers LITTLE ROCK and PROVIDENCE. . . .
08 Sep - Company A, (approx. 210 Marines) First Battalion, Fourth Marines Regiment left Camp LeJeune, NC by military plane, arrived at Quonset Point Naval Air Station, RI on the same day. (See Note 2. below.)
09 Sep 0706 Underway from NYSY to Newport, RI.
1603 Moored in Narragansett Bay, Newport, RI.
- Marines (see 08 Sep) travel by Navy landing craft from NAS Quonset Point and board LITTLE ROCK. (See Note 2. below.)
13 Sep 0928 Depart Newport, RI for Gibraltar operating as a unit - USS Providence CL82, USS Roosevelt CVB42, USS Columbus CA74, USS Garnard, USS Compton, USS Dickson, USS Hyman, USS Beatty, and USS Bristol.
23 Sep 0412 Changed course to avoid unidentified merchant ship.
0625 Prepared to refuel USS Hugh Purvis DD-709 and while fueling was hit by the Purvis on the starboard side incurring some damage. (See note below.)
1145 Arrived Gibraltar and moored at Gibraltar harbor.
- Local (Gibraltar) newspaper reports ".... six British and 22 American warships crowding the harbour and anchorages, and a total of nearly 15,000 sailors, to take turns for shore leave ...."
- Ed. Note: Many of the ships at Gibraltar were there because of the transfer of the Sixth Fleet Task Force flag from USS Fargo CL-106 to USS Albany CA-123. (VADM Forrest P. Sherman).
27 Sep 0740 Underway - maneuvering on various courses at various speeds during drills.
Enroute to Augusta Bay, Sicily.
28-30 Sep - LITTLE ROCK moored at Gibraltar
28 Sep 0625 Prepared to refuel USS Hugh Purvis DD-709 and while fueling was hit by the Purvis on the starboard side incurring some damage.
01 Oct 0550 Sighted Filfla Island. (Near Malta)
0737 Exercised crew at General Quarters
0742 Commenced maneuvering on various course to conform to shore bombardment exercises.
1710 Entered Augusta Bay, Sicily
04 Oct 0739 Assembled crew at quarters for leaving port.
0747 Underway in column formation enroute to Operation Area, Malta Island.
- Anchored on Hurd Banks, Malta.
05 Oct 0624 Got underway on various drills.
1353 Commenced maneuvering on various courses and speeds for anti-aircraft firing.
1748 Anchored in Marsaxlokk Bay, Malta.
06 Oct - Underway to Malta Operating Area along with USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVB-42.
07 Oct - Anchored in Marsaxlokk Bay, Malta.
0812 Underway enroute Operating Area and commenced maneuvering.
08 Oct - Underway from Malta to Kavala, Greece.
1208 Proceeding independently to Rhodes Island, Greece.
09 Oct 1051 Anchored off Rhodes Island, Greece.
1752 Governor of Dodecanese Islands was received on board and paid an official visit to Capt. Moran.
2340 Got underway from Rhodes Island to Kavala, Greece. (See Note 3. below.)
11 Oct 0701 Underway enroute Kavala, Greece to Alexandroupolis, Greece
- Anchored off Kavala, Greece.
2001 Man reported overboard, but after investigation, no one admitted anything - no absentees.
12 Oct 1251 Underway enroute to Phaleron Bay from Alexandroupolis,
14 Oct - Anchored in Phaleron Bay, Greece
15 Oct 0546 Underway from Phaleron Bay to Operations Area for maneuvering and drills.
1900-2100 Captain Moran is invited by the U.S. Ambassador to Greece to a reception "in honor of VADM Sherman U.S.N. and the Officers of the Sixth Task Fleet"
17 Oct - U.S. Sixth Task Fleet (VADM Forrest P. Sherman) anchored in Phaleron Bay off Piraeus, Greece. Ships include USS Little Rock CL 92; USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42); USS Providence (CL-82) and USS Albany (CA-123). (Photo)
20 Oct 1104 Anchored Phaleron Bay with USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42); USS Providence (CL-82) and USS Albany (CA-123)
23 Oct 1932 Underway with 6th Fleet for Sfax, North Africa.
24 Oct 0840 Anchored Sfax, Tunisia
27 Oct - Enroute to Suda Bay, Crete.
29 Oct 0647 LITTLE ROCK comes alongside USS HYADES (AF28) bow to stern, port-to-port for provisioning. Hyades riding to her port anchor with 60 fathoms of chain. During provisioning Little Rock's #4 propeller was fouled by Hyades' anchor chain. The anchor chain was later cleared at 2330 from Little Rock's prop. The #4 prop was inspected, and found to have minor damage in the form of nicks. Divers from USS COUCAL (ASR8) dressed the nicks prior to Little Rock getting underway.
31 Oct 1530-2000 Captain Moran is invited by the Counsel General of the United States to cocktails...
03 Nov 0615 Sighted mainland of Crete.
1304 Anchored Suda Bay, Crete.
04 Nov 0755 Enroute from Suda Bay, Crete to Salonika, Greece.
06 Nov 1015 Anchored Salonika Harbor, Greece.
07 Nov 0649 Depart Salonika for Volos, Greece.
10 Nov 1718 Anchored Volos, Greece
- Enroute from Volos to Phaleron Bay, Greece
12 Nov 0907 Anchored Phaleron Bay, Greece
13 Nov 0800 Enroute from Phaleron Bay to Corfu, Greece.
16 Nov 1247 Anchored Corfu, Greece
17 Nov 0017 Underway from Corfu to Trieste, Italy
19 Nov 1026 Moored Bersaglieri, Trieste, Italy
20 Nov 0858 Underway from Trieste to Venice, Italy
26 Nov 1510 Moored at Riva dei Sette Martiri, Venice, Italy
30 Nov 0830 Underway from Venice to Trieste, Italy
01 Dec LITTLE ROCK at Trieste, Italy
04 Dec LITTLE ROCK's boxing team to face U.S. Army's "Trieste United States Troops" ("TRUST") boxing team.(Results not known.)
10 Dec 1353 Moored at Trieste, Italy.
12 Dec - Underway from Trieste to Augusta, Sicily
13 Dec - Moored at Augusta, Sicily
16 Dec 0741 Malta Operating Area
17 Dec - Underway from Augusta, Sicily to Marseilles, France.
0900 Fired 21 gun salute to France
0955 Moored in Marseilles, France
25 Dec - Christmas in Marseilles, France (See Dinner Menu)

  1. Hurricanes were un-named at this time.
  2. Information provided by Kenneth W. Seymour, Col. US Army (Ret.)
  3. Col. Kenneth W. Seymour recalls "I thought that it was odd that we arrived at Rhodes one day and left early the next day, it did not take long before I found out why. Shortly after we departed from Rhodes, our 3rd. platoon (approx. 40 men) received orders to pack their 782 gears, weapons, and sea bags because they were going on "special, detached, dangerous duty" The destroyer USS McKenzie came along the side and the 3rd platoon boarded her for an overnight trip to Haifa, Israel. ( Our 3rd platoon stayed in Jerusalem until January 1949. They left all of their 782 gear and weapons at the Consulate and returned to the United States via the Destroyer USS Generate, from Haifa to Cypress, a navy plane to Malta and then to a Naval Base in Casablanca. They waited there for a week for passage back to the USA. They arrived at Norfolk Naval Shipyard and stayed at the Marine Barracks for the night. Then left by bus for Camp LeJeune, NC. The 3rd Platoon arrived back at Camp LeJeune around 1st part of February 1949. The 3rd platoon leader was 1st Lieutenant Robert R. Homer, Jr. USMC.
  4. The following article was found in the Marblehead, Massachusetts Town Selectman's records for 1948:

Open House in Old Marblehead sponsored by the Marblehead Arts Association June 29th proved to be a spectacular occasion.

The U. S. S. Little Rock under Capt. Henry G. Moran was through their influence and efforts sent to town from June 26th until June 30th.

The officers were entertained by Mrs. F. W. Crowninshield.

Charles Pinkman and the Eastern Yacht Club and the Selectmen were guests of Capt. Moran at lunch and the Ships Officers entertained the Selectmen and Ladies in the evening.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars entertained the crew at Abbot Hall.

The affair gained the support and approval of the Selectmen.

Frank I. Morse sent an envelope bearing the inscription of the "Hannah" as a symbol of the occasion.

01 Jan - Moored starboard side to, Mole "G", Marseilles, France
02 Jan - Heavy weather in harbor damaged ship - temporary repairs made
03 Jan - Underway for Oran, Algeria
04 Jan - Joined units of 6th task Fleet, USS Albany CA-123, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVB-42 and USS Providence CL 82 for maneuvers.
- USS Albany CA 123 detached and ordered to proceed to Algiers
05 Jan 0600 Sighted Cape L'Aiguilla
07 Jan 0930 Commenced maneuvering at various speeds to conform to harbor entrance at Oran.
- Moored at Oran, Algeria.
- Commenced preparations for getting underway from Oran to Gibraltar.
11 Jan 0730 Departed Oran with USS Roosevelt in formation, joined USS Albany and USS Providence.
12 Jan 0800 Arrived Gibraltar
13 Jan - Court Martial of R.F. Jones SA - reduced to Seaman Recruit, confined for 9 months - to be discharged with bad conduct.
14 Jan 0930 Departed Gibraltar for Newport, RI.
17 Jan - A plane launched from USS Roosevelt was seen exploding in mid air and crashed in sea.
23 Jan 0759 Arrived and moored at Narragansett Bay, Newport, RI
04 Feb - Took departure from Newport to Leonardo, NJ.
05 Feb 1100 Arrived Naval Ammunition Depot, Earle, NJ to offload ammo
08 Feb 1458 Underway from Leonardo, NJ for New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, NY for pre-inactivation overhaul.
1605 Entered New York Harbor.
25 Apr 1032 Entered drydock at New York NSY, Brooklyn, NY.
1430 Inspection completed of underwater body subsequent to dry-docking.
13 May 1300 Capt. Henry G. Moran detached from duty as Commanding Officer.
- Cdr. Richard Craighill assumed duties as Commanding Officer.
30 May - CL 92 Ship's Post Office closes down.
24 Jun 1025 Ship's company assembled for decommissioning ceremony.
1030 Commanding Officer Cdr. Craighill reads orders to deactivate the USS Little Rock CL 92.
Late June or
early July
- LITTLE ROCK is towed to U.S. Naval Shipyard annex in Bayonne, NJ to await transfer to the Atlantic Fleet Reserve.
- LITTLE ROCK has thus far visited 64 ports and 29 foreign countries.

1950 - 1956
1950 - 1956 - USS Little Rock CL 92 out of commission.  Resting at Atlantic Reserve Fleet, NY.
1950 - USS Little Rock CL 92 rests in mothballs alongside USS PROVIDENCE at Reserve Fleet, NY. (Photo)
Feb 1950 - Sixth Fleet is established by redesignation of the former Sixth Task Fleet.

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Received from Jim Melvin ETN2 (USS Pervis / USS Fiske): "I also did some reserve duty time on the USS Hugh Purvis DD-709. (Regarding)...23 Sep '48 - It seems the Purvis not only steamed with the LITTLE ROCK, well before my time, but rammed her during a refueling. A bit more up close and personal than most would prefer. Makes an old ET glad he never had any responsibilities during "special sea and anchor details." Thanks again, Jim

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