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USS Block Island was a Commencement Bay-class escort carrier launched on June 10, 1944. It was commissioned on December 30, the same year with the hull number CVE-106 under Capt. F. M. Hughes’ command and served in the US Navy for 10 years until it was decommissioned on August 27, 1954. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 1066 men on board and had the main missions in San Diego, Leyte, Borneo, Okinawa, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Guam or Formosa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1959 and sold for scrapping the following year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Block Island received 2 battle stars.