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USS Chicago was a Northampton-class cruiser laid down on September 10, 1928 and launched on April 10, 1930. It was commissioned on March 9, the following year under Capt. Manley Hale Simons’ command as CA-29 and served in the US Navy for 12 years until it sank in the Battle of Rennell Island on January 30, 1943. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 691 people on board and had the main missions in San Francisco, Alaska, Honolulu, Guadalcanal, Sydney, Tulagi, Noumea or Salamaua. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Chicago received 3 battle stars.