USS Denver
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Photo of the USS Denver moments before departure. Taken by anonymous photographer.  
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Colorado Freedom Memorial
The U.S.S. Denver (CL-58) was launched 4 April 1942 by New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.; sponsored by Miss L. J. Stapleton, daughter of the Mayor of Denver, and commissioned 16 October 1942 Captain R. B. Carney in command.

The new cruiser first saw combat in the bombardment of Vila, Solomon Islands, on 6 March. During this action her force engaged and sank two Japanese destroyers, AIinegumo and Murasame. On the last day of October 1943 Denver sortied from Port Purvis with TF 39 to intercept an enemy force attempting to disrupt the landings at Cape Torokina, Bougainville.

In the resulting Battle of Empress Augusta Bay on the night of 1-2 November, the American ships sank one enemy light cruiser and a destroyer and damaged two heavy cruisers and two destroyers, while the four other enemy ships broke off the action and retired. U.S.S Denver
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The ceremony at the Colorado Freedom Memorial in Aurora included our Association's usual Sunday morning service honoring our fallen shipmates and family members. This year we honored:

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USS Denver

Autumn 1942: Just How Close It Came
An Austin-class amphibious transport dock, this is the third ship of the United States Navy to bear this name. Denver's keel was laid 7 July 1964 at Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company, Seattle, Washington. She was launched 23 January 1965, christened by Mrs. John A. Love, wife of the Governor of Colorado, and commissioned 26 October 1968.

In 1970 the USS Denver played a key role in the SS Columbia Eagle incident. When the SS Columbia Eagle was commandeered by two mutinous crew members on 14 March 1970, Denver was immediately dispatched to intercept and recapture Columbia Eagle. In April 1975, Denver participated in Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of Saigon, Vietnam.

Denver took part in Westpac 84 and took part in several operations including Operation Beach Guard, Operation Cobra Gold, & Operation
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USS Denver
October 26 fell on a Thursday this year. Ask the significance of the date, and you're likely to draw some puzzled looks...five more days to stock up for Halloween? It's a mesaure of men like Colonel Mitchell Paige and Rear Admiral Willis A. "Ching Chong China" Lee that they wouldn't have had it any other way. What they did 58-years ago, they did precisely so their grandchildren could live in a land of peace and plenty. Whether we've properly safeguarded the freedoms they fought to leave us, may be a discussion best left for another day. Today we struggle to envision...or, for a few of us, to remember...how the world must have looked on October 26, 1942. A few thousand lonely American Marines had been put ashore on Guadalcanal, a God-forsaken malarial jungle island which just happened to lie like a speed bump at the end of the long blue water
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