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USS Baltimore was a Baltimore-class heavy cruiser laid down on May 26, 1941 and launched on July 28, 1942. It was commissioned on April 15, the following year under Capt. Walter C. Calhoun’s command as CA-68 and served in the US Navy for 13 years until it was decommissioned on May 31, 1956. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,142 people on board and had the main missions in Makin Islands, Kwajalein, Eniwetok, Truk, the Marianas, Palau Islands, Yap, Ulithi, Woleai, Hollandia, Saipan or Ponape. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on February 15, 1971 and sold for scrapping a year later to Zidell Ship Dismantling Company in Portland. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Baltimore received 9 battle stars.