USS Fall River CA-131



Fall River

A city in Massachusetts.

(CA-131: dp. 13,600, 1. 674'11', b. 70'10"; dr. 20'6"
s. 33 k.; cpl. 1,142, a. 9 8", 12 6"; cl. Baltimore)

Fall River (CA-131) was launched 13 August 1944 by New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J. sponsored by Mrs. Alexander C. Murray, wife of the mayor of Fall River; and commissioned 1 July 1945, Captain D. S. Crawford in command.

On 31 October 1945, Fall River arrived at Norfolk out of which she sailed in experimental development operations until 31 January 1946. The cruiser was assigned to JTF 1, organized to conduct Operation "Crossroads", atomic weapons tests in the Marshall Islands in the summer of 1946. To prepare for this duty, Fall River sailed to San Pedro, Calif., where from 16 February to 6 March she was altered to provide flagship accommodations. Arriving at Pearl Harbor 17 March, she embarked Rear Admiral F. G. Fahrion, commander of the target vessel's group for the tests, and with him sailed in the Marshalls between 21 May and 14 September.

After west coast training, Fall River served a tour of duty in the Far East as flagship of Cruiser Division 1 from 12 January 1947 to 17 June. She returned to Puget Sound Navy Yard, where she was placed out of commission in reserve 31 October 1947.