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Military Service Of

Clarence Cordell Barlar

  WW II – U.S. Navy  
Date of Enlistment: March 22, 1941 

Served as Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class on the
'USS Pittsburgh'




USS Pittsburgh, 1944-1974

'USS Pittsburgh', a 13,600 ton Baltimore class heavy cruiser built at Quincy, Massachusetts, was commissioned in October 1944. Following shakedown in the Atlantic area she passed through the Panama Canal in January 1945 to join the war against Japan. Pittsburgh's first combat operation took place in mid-February, when she screened aircraft carriers during strikes on the Japanese home islands. During the next month she supported the invasion of Iwo Jima  and took part in additional raids on Japan. On 19 and 20 March 1945 the cruiser towed the badly damaged carrier Franklin to help get that ship away from the threat of further enemy action.

The Korean War crisis called the cruiser back to active duty. Pittsburgh recommissioned in September 1951 and was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet. During 1952 and 1953 she twice deployed to the Mediterranean Sea, with the second cruise also involving a visit to the Indian Ocean. Following modernization work she made another Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean tour in 1954. Pittsburgh then returned to the Pacific, deploying to the Far East between November 1954 and February 1955. After operations along the West Coast, in August 1956 she was decommissioned at Bremerton, Washington. USS Pittsburgh remained in the Pacific Reserve Fleet until stricken from the Naval Vessel Register in July 1973. She was sold for scrapping one year later.

The Korean War crisis called the cruiser back to active duty. Pittsburgh recommissioned in September 1951 and was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet. During 1952 and 1953 she twice deployed to the Mediterranean Sea, with the second cruise also involving a visit to the Indian Ocean. Following modernization work she made another Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean tour in 1954. Pittsburgh then returned to the Pacific, deploying to the Far East between November 1954 and February 1955. After operations along the West Coast, in August 1956 she was decommissioned at Bremerton, Washington. USS Pittsburgh remained in the Pacific Reserve Fleet until stricken from tstricken from the Naval Vessel Register in July 1973. She was sold for scrapping one year later.



( 1916 – 1973 )

Photo of Clarence Cordell Barlar not available

Birth Place: Giles County, TN  -  Death: California

Clarence is listed in the
National WW II Memorial Registry

 

In the Military Family:  

Clarence Cordell Barlar is the g. grandson of Civil War veteran, John S. Barlow (Barlar/Barler), uncle of Navy veterans Donald Cordell Barlar and Larry Booth Barlar.

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- Place of Burial -
Los Angeles National Cemetery


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USS Pittsburgh underway during the mid-1950s

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