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USS Alaska was an Alaska-class large cruiser laid down on December 17, 1941 and launched on August 14, 1943. It was commissioned on June 17, 1944 under Capt. Peter K. Fischler’s command as CB-1 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on February 17, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,517 people and 1 aircraft on board and had the main missions in New Jersey, Trinidad, Ulithi, Pearl Harbor, Guantanamo Bay, Kyushu or Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 1, 1960 and sold for scrapping to Lipsett Division of Luria Brothers the same year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Alaska received 3 battle stars.