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USS Gambier Bay was a Casablanca-class escort carrier laid down on July 10, 1943 and launched on November 22, the same year. It was commissioned on December 28, 1943 with the hull number CVE-73 under Capt. Hugh H. Goodwin’s command and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was sunk on 25 October, 1944 in the battle off Samar. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 860 men on board had the main missions in Manus, San Diego, Pearl Harbor or the Marianas. After the sinking, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 27, 1944. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Gambier Bay received 4 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation for the activity during the Battle off Samar.