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USS BILOXI CL-80

USS Biloxi was a 10,000-ton Cleveland class light cruiser and commissioned in 1943.  In the same year, she sailed to the Pacific to fight Japan. In most of the year 1944 she primarily screened the carrier striking forces during their frequent attacks on Japanese-held islands and in the battles of the Philippine Sea and Leyte Gulf.  Biloxi bombarded enemy positions with their powerful guns during the assaults on the Marshall Islands and Northern New Guinea.

Biloxi's work with the carriers continued during the first months of 1945. She bombarded Iwo Jima for the US invasion in February. During late March and the first weeks of April her guns actively supported the landings and ground operations on Okinawa.

While taking part in pre-invasion bombardment there on 27 March Biloxi was hit by a Japanese suicide attack plane, but she managed to remain in action.  A West Coast shipyard overhaul kept her away from the combat zone from late April until mid-August 1945, and the end of the war came just as she arrived back in the Western Pacific. From then until early November Biloxi supported the occupation of Japan. Returning to the U.S. late in 1945, she soon began inactivation preparations, decommissioning at Bremerton, Washington, in October 1946.

USS Biloxi became part of the Pacific Reserve Fleet until was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register in September 1961 and sold for scrapping in March 1962.  She earned 9 battle stars for her WWII's continuing valiant actions.
 

 
 
 



 

48" long, this Biloxi was custom built for a private collector and not for sale.   The teak deck was requested by the owner.  (Real ship's deck was grey-color steel.)