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USS Cape Gloucester was a Commencement Bay-class escort carrier laid down in November 1943 and launched on September 12, the following year. It was commissioned on March 5, 1945 with the hull number CVE-109 under Capt. J. W. Harris’ command and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on November 5, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 1066 men on board and had the main missions in Leyte, Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, Nagasaki or New Zealand. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 1, 1971. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Cape Gloucester received 1 battle star.