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USS Houston was a Cleveland-class light cruiser launched on June 19, 1943. It was commissioned on December 20, the same year under Capt. William W. Behrens’ command with the hull number CL-81 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on December 15, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had the main missions in Newport, Boston, Guantanamo, Naples, Taranto or Long Beach. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 30, 1978 and sold for scrapping to National Steel Corporation in Terminal Island two years later. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Houston received 2 bronze stars and another 6 campaign stars.