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USS Augusta was a Northampton-class cruiser laid down on July 2, 1928 and launched on February 1, 1930. It was commissioned on January 30, the following year under Capt. James O. Richardson’s command as CA-31 and served in the US Navy for 15 years until it decommissioned on July 16, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 795 people on board and had the main missions in Boston, Bermuda, Guantanamo, Annapolis, Philadelphia or the Canal Zone. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959 and sold for scrapping the same year to Robert Benjamin in Panama, Florida. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Augusta received 3 battle stars.