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USS Idaho was a New Mexico-class battleship laid down on January 20, 1915 and launched two years later on June 30, 1917 with the hull number BB-42. The ship received the name of Idaho, the 43rd state of America, it was commissioned on March 24, 1919 and carried a complement of 1,081 people on board. Due to its construction period, the vessel wasn’t able to participate in the World War I and it participated in training exercises in the inter-war period. During the World War II, the ship joined the Pacific Fleet and conducted additional battle exercises in California. The main missions were in Attu, Kiska, Gilbert Islands, Makin Atoll, Marshal Islands, Kavieng, Saipan, Guam, Peleliu, Espiritu Santo, Okinawa and Tokyo Ba. On July 3, 1946 the vessel was decommissioned after it served in the US Navy for 27 years. For the services brought to the USA during the World War II, the ship received 7 battle stars and many awards.