The USS Nashville was launched on October 2, 1937, by New York Shipbuilding in Camden, New Jersey, and sponsored by Ann and Mildred Stahlman, daughters of James G. Stahlman, publisher of Nashville Banner. The 608-foot long ship could carry a crew of 816 men and 52 officers. Before WWII, she traveled to Guantanamo, Cuba; Haiti; France; Sweden; England; Panama; Brazil; and Hawaii.
During WWII, she escorted convoys carrying Marines to Bermuda and Iceland, and Navy warships to Japan where she served in the daring Doolittle Raid. She defended Alaska, the Aleutians, and the Fiji Islands. She carried General Douglas MacArthur during several attacks, earning 10 battle stars during the war. The Japanese reported her sunk several times, but they were wrong.
This photo was taken on August 4, 1943, at the Mare Island Navy Yard in California. The USS Nashville was decommissioned in 1946 and sold to Chile in 1951 where she served in the Chilean Navy as Capitan Prat until 1985; she was Chile's most revered naval hero. She was sold for scrap and dismantled in Tawain in 1993. For more info visit www.ussnashville.org.