STATISTICS

The following statistics are from the U.S.S. Colorado Cruise Book 1942-1946

In addition to earning the Navy Occupation Service Medal-Pacific for her services from September 2-24, 1945, the USS COLORADO (BB-45) earned the following battle stars on the Asiatic-Pacific Area Service Ribbon for participating in the following campaigns.

NUMBER OF OPERATIONS AGAINST THE ENEMY:    Ten

NUMBER OF DAYS IN COMBAT AREA FOR EACH OPERATI0N:
1. Tarawa – November 20-29, 1943, 10 days 
2. Kwajalein – January 31-February 6, 1944, 7 days
3. Eniwetok – February 17-23, 1944, 7 days
4,5,6. Saipan, Guam, and Tinian (Marianas) June 14 – August 3, 1944, 51 days 
7. Leyte- November 19-December 3,1944, 15 days
8. Mindoro – December 12-18, 1944, 7 days
9. Luzon – January 2-February 14, 1945, 44 days
10. Okinawa – March 21-May 22, 1945, 63 days

TOTAL DAYS IN COMBAT OPERATIONS:     204 days

AMOUNT OF AMMUNITION FIRED:
16″/45 Caliber A.P. and H.C. Projectiles & Charges…………… ..5,495 rounds 
5″/51 Caliber High Capacity Common Projectiles & Charges…..10,197 rounds 
5″/25 Caliber Cartridges (all types). 11,585 “ 
40 mm. Cartridges (all types)…….. ..11,298 “ 
20 mm. Cartridges (all types)……… 21,580 “ 
Total Rounds 60,155 rounds 
Approximate Tonnage 6,896+ tons

NUMBER OF AIRCRAFT SHOT DOWN: 
Eleven aircraft credited to USS Colorado

NUMBER OF TIMES SHIP DAMAGED BY ENEMY AIRCRAFT OR ENEMY FIRE:
1. Tinian – July 24, 1944, damaged by 22 hits from shore battery
2. Leyte Gulf – November 27, 1944 damaged by suicide plane 
3. Lingayen Gulf – January 9, 1945 hit by shellfire

NUMBER OF PERSONNEL CASUALTIES:
Killed 77
Wounded 338
Missing 6

MILES STEAMED DURING EACH WAR YEAR: 
1942-39,154;   1943-38,031;   1944-56,798;  1945-27,896      Total 161,879 miles

The following statistics are from the Dictionary of Naval Fighting Ships:
Length Overall   624 feet,   Beam   108 feet
Displacement   32,600 tons normal, 34,946 tons full load

Armament:  8 – 16″45 main battery; 8 – 5″51 secondary battery; 8 – 5″25 AA; 
8 – quad 40mm AA; 1 quad 20mm AA; 8 twin 20mm AA; 39 single 20mm AA.

Aviation:  1 catapult, 2 float planes
Propulsion:  Turboelectric; 8,285 psi boilers; 4 shafts; 28,900 shp; 21 knots

USS COLORADO SHORT LOG

22 March 1921        Launched.
30 August 1923       Commissioned.
4 December 1923    Shakedown cruise begins.
January 1924          Portsmouth, England; Cherbourg, France; Naples, Italy.
15 February 1924 Arrived New York Harbor.
March 1924            Assigned to the Pacific Fleet.
18 June 1925          Left Bremerton, Washington for Honolulu, Sydney, & Auckland.
September 1925     Rejoined Pacific Fleet at San Pedro, California.  
March 1927            Participated in joint Army/Navy exercises in the Caribbean.
19 April 1928          Ran aground off Manhattan Island.
May 1928               Hawaiian cruise.
2 June 1930           Bad fire while anchored in Colon Harbor.
5 November 1931   5″ gun explosion kills 5, injures 23.
6 February 1932     Hawaiian cruise.
17 March 1933       Ship gives assistance in Long Beach earthquake.
November 1933     Ship used as the setting for movie “Shipmates”.
9 April 1934           Departs for Caribbean cruise.
27 October 1934     Rejoins Pacific Fleet 
13 February 1935    Rescue search for survivors of the Macon crash.
20 May 1936           Hawaiian cruise.
20 July 1936           Overhaul at Bremerton, Washington
4 July 1937             Directed Amelia Earhart search.
31 January 1939     War exercises in Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean.
3 April 1940            Hawaiian cruise.
27 November 1940  Overhaul at Bremerton, Washington.
17 July 1941           Hawaiian cruise.
September 1941     Renovation and overhaul at Bremerton, Washington.
7 December 1941   Ship in Navy Yard, Puget Sound, Washington
10 December 1941  Patrol of West Coast ports, Hawaiian area, shuttle trips to West Coast.
1 November 1942   to November 1943 Fiji Islands and New Caledonia  as back field threat to Japanese thrusts to southward, then patrol of Hawaian and West Coast ports.
20 November 1943  to 24 November 1943. Bombardment and capture of Tarawa. 
December 1943       San Francisco at Hunters Point.
31 January 1944      Bombardment and capture of Kwajalein Atoll.
17 February 1944    Bombardment and capture of Eniwetok.
28 February 1944    Return to Bremerton for overhaul.
10 June 1944          to August 1944.  Participated in Bombardment, and capture of Saipan, Guam, and Tinian. In the Tinian action on 24 July, the ship was struck by 22 7.7 shells from a hidden shore battery sustaining heavy damage and 240 personnel casualties.
6 August  1944        Return to Bremerton, Washington for overhaul and repairs.
5 October 1944       Training trial off West Coast.
27 November 1944   Struck by kamikaze and near miss by another in Leyte Gulf.Considerable damage. Suffered 91 personnel casualties.
5 December 1944     to 16 December 1944  Bombardment, assault and capture of Mindoro. 
6 January 1945        to 9 February 1945.  Bombardment, assault and capture of Lingayen.
9 January 1945        Sky Control struck by 5″ shells causing 99 casualties.
10 February 1945     Retirement to Ulithi for replenishment and repairs.
21 March 1945         to 22 May 1945 Bombardment, assault, and capture of Okinawa.
22 May 1945            Retirement to Leyte Gulf for replenishment and repairs.
2 August 1945         to 31 August  Advance on Japanese Islands and participation in events leading to formal surrender in Tokyo Bay.
31 August 1945       to 20 September 1945.  Participated in occupation of areas of Tokyo, Yokohoma, Yokosuka.
20 September 1945 to 3 October 1945  Enroute to Pearl Harbor via Okinawa.
3 October 1945       to 9 October 1945.  Docked at Pearl Harbor.
9 October 1945       Enroute to United States with hundreds of liberated Americans on board.
15 October 1945     to 18 October 1945.  Docked at San Francisco.
22 October 1945     Docked at Pier 91 for huge Navy Day Victory celebration with public invited to come on board.
1 November 1945   to 3l January 1946  Made 5 Magic Carpet trips to Pearl Harbor.
7 January 1947         Placed in Reserve Fleet, Bremerton
1 March 1959            Decommissioned for disposal.
23 July 1959             Sold for scrap  for $611,777.77

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