Dual-Purpose Gun’s Long Life
Captain Russ Haas, Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science, NROTC Unit, University of Wisconsin
I read with great interest Norman Friedman’s “Armaments & Innovations” column in the April issue about the 5-inch/38-caliber gun (pp. 10–11). At the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit University of Wisconsin, we are fortunate to have in our Naval Science Building a fully functional (except for firing pin), single-mount World War II 5-inch/38. It was built in 1942 and designed for the secondary armament of the USS Colorado (BB-45). The battleship was modernized in early 1942, which included replacing her battery of 5-inch/25 antiaircraft guns with single-mount 5-inch/38s.