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USS Indianapolis was a Portland-class heavy cruiser laid down on March 31, 1930 and launched on November 7, the following year. It was commissioned on November 15, 1932 under Capt. John M. Smeallie’s command as CA-35 and served in the US Navy for 13 years until it was sunk by torpedoes on July 30, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,269 people during wartime and 4 aircraft on board and had the main missions in New Jersey, Ulithi, Pearl Harbor, Guantanamo Bay, Kyushu or Okinawa. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Indianapolis received 10 battle stars.