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USS Boston was a Baltimore-class heavy cruiser laid down on June 30, 1941 and launched on August 26, 1942. It was commissioned on June 30, the following year under Capt. J. H. Carson’s command as CA-69 and served in the US Navy for 18 years until it was decommissioned on May 5, 1970. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,142 people on board and had the main missions in Boston, Pearl Harbor, Bremerton, Bonin, Ulithi, Morotai, Okinawa, Vietnam, Eniwetok or Cuba. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on January 4, 1974 and sold for scrapping a year later. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Boston received 10 battle stars and another 5 for the Vietnam service.