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USS Amsterdam was a Cleveland-class light cruiser laid down on March 3, 1943 and launched on April 25, the following year. It was commissioned on January 8, 1945 under Capt. Andrew P. Lawton’s command with the hull number CL-101 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 30, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had the main missions in Cuba, Leyte, Norfolk, Culebra, Tokyo, Guantanamo, Cape May or Portland. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 2, 1971 and sold for scraping in 1972. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Amsterdam received 1 battle star.