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USS Helena was a St. Louis-class light cruiser laid down on December 9, 1936 and launched on August 27, 1938. It was commissioned on September 18, 1939 under Capt. Max B. Demott’s command with the hull number CL-50 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it sank during the Battle of Kula gulf on July 6, 1943. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 888 people on board and had the main missions in Pearl Harbor, Mare Island, Cape Hunter, Guadalcanal, New Georgia, Espiritu Santo, San Cristobal or Kula Gulf. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Helena received 7 battle stars and 1 Navy Unit Commendation.