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USS Philadelphia - CL-41

The Philadelphia provided support to General Patton and the 7th Army both in North Africa and in the battle for Sicily. Their antitank gunfire was vital to the success of the “leap frog” landings behind enemy lines on the road to Messina. The History Channel documentary “Patton,” includes original footage of the Philadelphia in this action.

As the communique below states,
General Patton was scheduled to return to the USA on the Philadelphia in December 1945.
These plans changed when Patton died suddenly in Europe.