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USS Cachalot was a V8-class submarine laid down on October 21, 1931 and launched on October 19, 1933. It was commissioned on December 1, the same year under Lt. Cmdr. Merril Comstock’s command with the hull number SS-170 and it served in the US Navy for 12 years before it was decommissioned on October 17, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 55 people on board and had the main missions in New London, San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Philadelphia or Eniwetok. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on July 8, 1946 and purchased for scrapping the following year. For the service brought to the country during the World War II, USS Cachalot received 4 medals and 3 battle stars.