This monument is a memorial to the retired Light Cruiser, CL-47 USS Boise. It features the bell and a list of some of the navy men that died during a battle off Cape Esperance, Guadalcanal with a Japanese warship in 1942. USS Boise history: Boise was launched 3 December 1936 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia, sponsored by Miss Salome Clark, daughter of Governor Clark of Idaho; and commissioned 12 August 1938, Captain B. V. McCandlish in command. In February 1939, following a shakedown cruise to Monrovia, Liberia, and Cape Town, Union of South Africa, Boise joined Division 9, Cruisers, Battle Force, at San Pedro, California. Until November 1941 she operated alternately off the west coast and in Hawaiian waters. She then escorted a convoy to Manila, Philippine Islands; arriving 4 December 1941. The outbreak of war in the Philippines, 8 December 1941, found Boise off Cebu. She joined TF 5 in the East Indies, but on 21 January 1942 struck an uncharted shoal in Sape Strait and had to retire to Colombo, Ceylon; Bombay, India; and Mare Island Navy Yard for repairs. Her repairs completed, she sailed 22 June 1942 to escort a convoy to Auckland, New Zealand. She then returned to Pearl Harbor and during 31 July–10 August 1942 conducted a raiding cruise in Japanese waters as a feint to draw attention away from the Guadalcanal landings. In August she escorted a convoy to the Fiji and New Hebrides Islands. During 14 September–18 September she helped cover the landing of Marine reinforcements on Guadalcanal. In the succeeding hard fighting she was hit by Japanese cruiser fire in the American victory of Cape Esperance causing 107 fatalies. She made her way to Philadelphia Navy Yard where she underwent repairs (19 November 1942-20 March 1943). Boise departed 8 June 1943 for the Mediterranean, arriving at Algiers, Algeria, 21 June. Between 10 July and 18 August 1943 she acted as a cover and fire support ship during the landing on Sicily. In September she took part in the Italian mainland landings at Taranto (9 September–10 September) and Salerno (12 September–19 September). She returned to New York 15 November 1943 and once again steamed to the South Pacific, arriving at Milne Bay, New Guinea, 31 December. The Boise firing on positions in New Guinea Enlarge The Boise firing on positions in New Guinea During January-September 1944 she took part in operations along the northern shore of New Guinea, including: Madang-Alexishafen bombardment (25 January–26 January); Humboldt Bay landings (22 April); Wakde-Sawar bombardment (29 April–30 April); Wakde-Toem landings (15 May–25 May); Biak landings (25 May–10 June); Noemfoor landings (1 July–2 July); Cape Sansapor landings (27 July–31 August); and the occupation of Morotai (1 September–30 September). The cruiser moved northward as the battle front advanced into the Philippines taking part in: Leyte invasion (20 October–24 October); Battle of Surigao Strait (25 October); Mindoro landings (12 December–17 December); Leyte-Mindoro covering action (26 December–29 December); Lingayen Gulf landings, with General Douglas MacArthur embarked (9 January–13 January 1945); Luzon covering force (14 January–31 January); Bataan-Corregidor occupation (13 February–17 February); and Zamboanga landings (8 March–12 March). She then moved to Borneo for the Tarakan landings (27 April–3 May). During 3 June–16 June she carried General MacArthur on a 35,000 mile tour of the Central and Southern Philippines and Brunei Bay, Borneo, and then returned to San Pedro, California, arriving 7 July. The cruiser remained in the San Pedro area undergoing overhaul and training until October. She sailed 3 October for the east coast, arriving at New York 20 October. Boise remained there until decommissioned 1 July 1946. She was sold to Argentina 11 January 1951 along with her sister USS Phoenix, where she was commissioned as the ARA Nueve de Julio ("9 July", Argentina's Independence Day). During her years as an Argentinian warship she took part of the so called Revolución Libertadora, shelling some oil depots and other targets around the coastal city of Mar del Plata, on September 19, 1955. She remained in service with the Argentine Navy until 1978, when she was decommissioned and towed to Japan for scrapping. CL-47 USS Boise Brooklyn class Light Cruiser: Displacement: 12,242 tons (full load) Length: 608'4" Beam: 61'8"-69'6" Draft: 24'4"-25' Speed: 33 knots Armament: 5x3 6"/47, 4x2 5"/38, 4x4 40mm, 6x2 40mm, 12x1 20m, 8x1 .50-caliber MG; 2 planes Complement: 1,363 Propulsion: Steam turbines, 8 boilers, 4 shafts, 100,000 hp Built at Newport News, and commissioned 12 August 1938 Boise received eleven battle stars for her service in World War II.
Organization Responsible for Installation:
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Memorial War Era(s):
700 S Capitol Blvd Boise, ID 83702
Published on January 30, 2017