Salt Lake City (CA 25) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1946

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Oahu, steaming back to the Hawaiians with a task group that had just delivered a dozen planes to a remote, sandy American outpost, Historic Wake Island. By that quirk, the cruiser escaped the fiery hell of Pearl Harbor and was with the group that made the first independent American reprisal. The Enterprise, carrier with that task group, launched planes which cut down some of the straggling lap sneak attackers. The task group refueled at smoldering Pearl Harbor, then patrolled the area near Oahu against a reappearance of the Iapanese fleet. The next patrol duty, ten days later, was scheduled originally to provide relief for besieged Wake, but with the fall of that atoll, it was switched to cover reinforcement of Midway and then of far-off Samoa. Then the Salt Lake City participated in the first American offensive action of the war. On February l, l942, a task group commanded by Rear Admiral Halsey, USN., conducted an air and surface bombardment of Wotje atoll, one of the principal lap bases in the mandated Marshall Islands. The Salt Lake City opened fire a few seconds before her fellow ships. The fact has never been officially established, but it is probable TASK FORCE UNDER AIR ATTACK AT WOTIE 9

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