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USS Indiana was a South Dakota-class battleship laid down on November 20, 1939 and launched on November 21, 1941. It was commissioned on April 30, 1942 under Capt. Aaron S. Merrill’s command with the hull number BB-58 and served in the US Navy for 5 years until it was decommissioned on September 11, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 1,793 men on board and had the main missions in Casco Maine, Cuba, Tonga, Nouméa, Marcus Island, Kwajalein, Truk, Iwo Jima or Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 1, 1962 and sold for scrapping the following year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Indiana received 9 battle stars.