National Geographic : 1943 Mar
San Francisco: Gibraltar of the West Coast 281 U. S. Navy, Official Out of Pacific Fog Steams the San Francisco, Victor in a David and Goliath Naval Battle Thousands of San Franciscans assembled on hills and other vantage points to cheer her as she passed under Golden Gate Bridge and was warped into her home-town pier. Her dash between two heavy Jap columns on the night of November 12-13, 1942, won immortality for the gallant cruiser. Just before he was killed, Rear Admiral Daniel J. Callaghan instructed her gunnery officer to "get the big ones first." In answer, the ship performed an outstanding feat-silenced a 14-inch-gun battleship, blew up a cruiser, and sank a destroyer.