8 Bertram W. McFadden memorial





I dedicate this memorial to
Bertram W. Mc Fadden
Plankowner of USS OAKLAND CL-95


A "Plank Owner" is an individual who was a member of the crew of a ship when that ship was placed in commission. Plank Owner certificates are procured by and issued to crew members of the ship being commissioned; they are not officially issued by the Navy.



Important dates during service aboard USS OAKLAND.
For complete World War II history. (click on this link)

17 July 1943 was a proud day for USS OAKLAND and the 700 plus officers and sailors they were bonded as brothers for the rest of their lives. Every day that the All Mighty is calling the roll, on his time table, the ranks are getting thinner. On 20 November 2007, our brother, Bertram Wallace McFadden s name was called and I believe the Lord was planning this honor for our dear brother Bert. It was the first proud day in USS OAKLAND'S history, 64 years ago, when she went intoher first battle against the Empire of Japan naval forces. The untested ship, officers and crew proved that they were a battle ready unit trained by the very best cadre that was hand picked by her Captain William K. Phillips, USN.

November 20 was a special date for Bertram.

20 Nov 1943 Our formation was attacked by a large group of "Betties," twin engine torpedo bombers. Oakland down two and assisted in the destruction of two others in her first action against the enemy.

20 Nov 1943: Happy day: It was our first action against the enemy and we proved to our selves and the our task group that we were battle ready.



4-5 Dec 2007: Attack launched against the Marshall Islands after high speed run-in from the northeast. The Oakland was assigned "down moon" picket station, detached temporarily from her group. While driving off raids, the ship possibly shot down one attacker. The Lexington (CV16) was hit by a torpedo and this ship covered her with-drawal.

20 Nov 2007: 64 years later a sad day for all who knew him. That was when his name was called by his Lord to join his deceased brothers of the Oakland.

May he and all our brothers rest in eternal Peace.




The old and the new mainmast settings"
For full history go to this link. (click on this link)

Jack London Square, Oakland, California
1972 to 1998


USS OAKLAND mainmast was torn down in 1998 to be replaced at another location. They removed it without notifying anyone from the USS OAKLAND that they were doing so. It was laid to rest in on a pier from 1998. I found out by Mike Brock that it was not there when I ask him to go down and take me some pictures.

When I was informed by Michael Brock that the mainmast had been removed from it's former location in Jack London Square I was not very happy like the rest of the officers and crew. They had not advised us of their plans to remove the mainmast as if they were trying to get away without erecting it again. They had the mainmast stored out in the open for anyone to get at and do what ever they wanted. Pressure was applied to the Port of Oakland to preserve and erect the mainmast as soon as possible. They have been very cooperative on this matter after hearing our complains.



MIDDLE HARBOR SHORELINE PARK
THE NEW MAINMAST SETTING

Maps and directions to the park, (Click on the this link)


July 12, 2002 Bertram and I were the honorary witnesses to the Flag raising ceremony.

She can see the sea at last.
Rest well my lady in your new home.



USS OAKLAND (CL95)
Service Medals and
Service Ribbons in lieu of medals












Combat Action
Ribbon
China Service
Medal
America Campaign
Service Medal
Asiatic Pacific
Campaign Medal


World War II
Victory Medal
Navy Occupation
Asia Medal
World War II
Victory Medal











Presidential Unit
Citation Philippines



USS OAKLAND CL-95
participated in following operations

Gilbert Islands
MarshallIslands
Bismarck Archipelago
Asiatic-Pacific Raids 1944
Western New Guinea

Marianas
Western Caroline Islands
Leyte
Okinawa Gunto
Third Fleet operations against Japan




USS OAKLAND CL-95
participated in following operations


Gilbert Islands
MarshallIslands
Bismarck Archipelago
Asiatic-Pacific Raids 1944
Western New Guinea

Marianas
Western Caroline Islands
Leyte
Okinawa Gunto
Third Fleet operations against Japan


USS OAKLAND CL-95 was present at Tokyo Bay for the
Formal Surrender of the Japanese Empire
Aboard USS Missouri BB-63 on 2 September 1945









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