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USS Hellena was a Baltimore-class heavy cruiser launched on April 28, 1945. It was commissioned on September 4, the same year under Capt. Arthur Howard McCollum’s command as CA-75 and served in the US Navy for 18 years until it was decommissioned on June 29, 1963. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,142 people on board and had the main missions in Boston, Guantanamo, Scotland, Pearl Harbor, Sasebo, Samchok, Inchon or New York. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on January 1, 1974 and sold for scrapping to Levin Metals Corporation in San Jose the same year. For the services brought to the country during the Korean War, USS Hellena received 4 battle stars.