USS Tuscaloosa, 1940

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Title

USS Tuscaloosa, 1940

Subject

Battleships
Leahy, William D., 1875-1959
Johnson, Lee Payne, 1886-1964
Navy (Ship)

Description

On December 22, 1940, the USS Tuscaloosa embarked from the Naval Operating Base at Norfolk, VA carrying Admiral William D. Leahy (1875-1959), the newly designated Ambassador to France, and his wife Louise, for passage to Lisbon, Portugal and thence to Vichy, France. With them is Captain Lee Payne Johnson (1886-1964). They are dwarfed by a battery of the cruiser’s 8-inch guns.

Leahy served as United States Ambassador to France from 1940-42 but had limited success in keeping the Vichy government free of German control.  Later he became Fleet Admiral Leahy serving as the senior-most United States military officer on active duty during World War II. He held multiple titles and was at the center of all major military decisions the United States made in World War II.

Captain Lee Payne Johnson  was the third of seven Captains of the USS Tuscaloosa, serving from May 27,1940 to December 2, 1942. For his exceptionally meritorious service during World War II, he received two Legions of Merit and was appointed Commodore.

Sources: Wikipedia, Newspapers.com., Ancestry.com, MilitaryTimes.com

Source

Becky Compton

Date

December 1940

Contributor

Becky Compton (Description)

Type

Photograph

Identifier

2585

Coverage

Alabama

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