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USS Birmingham was a Cleveland-class light cruiser laid down on February 17, 1941 and launched on March 20, the following year. It was commissioned on January 29, 1943 under Capt. John Wilkes’ command with the hull number CL-62 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on January 2, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had the main missions in Formosa, Sicily, Leyte Gulf, Okinawa, Luzon, Tinian, Tarawa, Iwo Jima or Saipan. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959 and sold for scrapping at Long Beach the same year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Birmingham received 9 battle stars.