The USS Oakland was a WWII anti-aircraft cruiser. It launched in 1942 and was part of the US Navy until 1949, and earned 9 battle stars. It was scrapped in 1959, but the mainmast and nameplate were salvaged and presented to the city in 1965. Now they are prominently on display at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park.
Links and References
- USS Oakland (CL-95) on Wikipedia
- WWII sailor, 95, wants one last look at the USS Oakland SJ Mercury News October 19, 2018