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USS Denver was a Cleveland-class light cruiser laid down on December 26, 1940 and launched on April 4, 1942. It was commissioned on October 15, the following year under Capt. Robert Carney’s command with the hull number CL-58 and served in the US Navy for 5 years until it was decommissioned on February 7, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had the main missions in Eniwetok, Palau Islands, Leyte Gulf, Okinawa, San Pedro, Zambales, Mindoro, Iwo Jima or Efate. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959 and sold for scrapping to Union Minerals and Alloy Corporation in New York the following year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Denver received 11 battle stars and one Navy Unit Commendation.