|During World War II, my father, Frederick P.
(Andy) Anderson (1917-2015), was a U.S. Marine stationed aboard the USS Santa Fe (CL-60), a Cleveland Class light
action from the Aleutians, to the Philippines, to Iwo Jima. Especially noteworthy
for the Santa Fe was her role in the rescue of the aircraft
carrier Franklin and a large portion of her crew. The text of this account of the
voyages of the Santa Fe was prepared in 1947 by the Ships Data Section, Office
of Public Information, the Navy Department. Many of the photos on this
website are scanned from the U.S.S. Santa Fe Cruise Record -- with captions
I have written. Additional photos come from the Naval Historical
Society website, private collections, and other online sources.
picture of Andy a little over 60 years later, and he's still wearing a Marine
hat. He hadn't changed much, had he? That's Leta sitting to
Click on the
autograph to hear Andy tell about his visit to the Hollywood Canteen!
Or click on the
record itself to hear the "full length" message home.
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Santa Fe reunions and other crew information.
Click HERE for information on Steve
Jackson's fascinating book on the USS Santa Fe (CL 60) and the
USS Franklin (CV
USS SANTA FE STATISTICS
STANDARD DISPLACEMENT: 10,000 Tons
LENGTH OVERALL: 608 feet 4 inches
BEAM: 63 feet
SPEED: 33 knots
COMPLEMENT: 1200 plus
ARMAMENT: Twelve, 6-inch .47 caliber guns, twelve 5-inch .38 caliber dual
purpose guns, plus 40mm and 20mm AA guns.