Blowing smoke, 75 years ago today
USS Minneapolis (CA-36) bombarding Butaritari Island, Makin Atoll, on 20 November 1943, shortly before U.S. Army forces landed there. Guns firing are from the cruiser’s starboard side 5″/25-caliber secondary battery. Note smoke rings. Simultaneous discharge of these guns indicates that they are firing under remote control.
A New Orleans-class cruiser, Minneapolis was designed as a light cruiser but was redesignated as a heavy before she was commissoned in 1934. “Minnie” earned an impressive 16 battle stars in WWII, but it didn’t save her from the breakers. She was sold for scrap, 14 August 1959, after spending 12 years in mothballs.