USS JUNEAU CL-52
USS Juneau (CL-52) was
a United States Navy Atlanta-class light cruiser
sunk at the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in November
1942. In total 687 men, including the five Sullivan
brothers, were killed in action.
On 8 November, Juneau
departed Nouméa, New Caledonia under the command of
Rear Admiral Richmond K. Turner to escort
reinforcements to Guadalcanal. The force arrived
there early morning on 12 November, and Juneau took
up her station in the protective screen around the
transports and cargo vessels. Unloading proceeded
unmolested until 1405, when 30 Japanese planes
attacked the alerted United States group. The AA
fire was effective, and Juneau alone accounted for
six enemy torpedo bombers shot down. The few
remaining Japanese planes were in turn attacked by
American fighters and only one bomber escaped. Later
in the day, an American attack group of cruisers and
destroyers cleared Guadalcanal on reports that a
large enemy surface force was headed for the island.
At 0148 on 13 November, Rear Admiral Daniel J.
Callaghan's relatively small Landing Support Group
engaged the enemy. The Japanese force consisted of
two battleships, one light cruiser, and nine
Because of bad weather and
confused communications, the battle occurred in near
pitch darkness and at almost point-blank range as
the ships of the two sides became intermingled.
Juneau was struck on the port side by a torpedo
causing a severe list, and necessitating withdrawal.
Before noon on 13 November, Juneau, along with two
other cruisers damaged in the battle headed toward
Espiritu Santo for repairs. Juneau was steaming on
one screw, keeping station 800 yards off the
starboard quarter of the likewise severely damaged
San Francisco. She was down 12 ft by the bow, but
able to maintain 13 knots. A few minutes after
1100, two torpedoes were launched from submarine
I-26. These were intended for San Francisco, but
both passed ahead of her. One struck Juneau in the
same place that had been hit during the battle.
There was a great explosion;
Juneau broke in two and disappeared in just 20
seconds. Fearing more attacks from I-26, and wrongly
assuming from the massive explosion that there were
no survivors, Helena and San Francisco departed
without attempting to rescue any survivors. In fact,
more than 100 sailors had survived the sinking of
Juneau. They were left to fend for themselves in the
open ocean for eight days before rescue aircraft
belatedly arrived. While awaiting rescue, all but 10
died from shark attacks. As about the five
Sullivan brothers: two survived the sinking, only to
die in the water, two presumably went down with the
ship. Some reports indicate the fifth brother also
survived the sinking, but disappeared during the
first day in the water.
Like all of our warship
models, this USS Juneau
has the following qualities:
hull construction (very important), weighing less than 10 lbs
(A solid hull of this model would be over 30 lbs
which feels like a heavy toy rather than an art
- Hollow superstructure is comprised of many
individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not
several solid pieces of wood stacking on top one
- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to
the hollow structures.
computer-printed paper deck
- >95% of parts are wood and metal.
- Light "rust"
appearance that only master modelers can make.
39" long x 5" wide X
13" tall (including base.)
S & H is $90
"Thanks for the update on the Arizona. I
looked at the progress pictures. Very, very
And again let me say that the Juneau is
an absolutely great production.
My model of the USS San Francisco (CA-38)
[constructed by a CA-38 artisan many years
ago] and of the SS Jerimiah O'Brien
[constructed for me by you guys, Model Ship
Master] are temporarily on display in the new
Veteran's Hall here in Dixon; and will be soon
joined by the Juneau, (which at moment
still sits in all its glory in my front room) and
when received, the Arizona.
This, my personal collection, as it grows,
will also be on display at other public
locations here in Dixon--before winding up in a
permanent museum display home here in California
or somewhere else in the West.