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USS Kitkun Bay was a Casablanca-class escort carrier laid down on May 3, 1943 and launched on November 8, the same year. It was commissioned on December 15, 1943 with the hull number CVE-71 under Capt. J. P. Whitney’s command and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on 19 April, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 860 men on board had the main missions in Saipan, San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Espiritu Santo or the Marianas. After the decommissioning, the ship was sold for scrapping to Zidell Machinery & Supply in Portland on November 18, 1946. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Kitkun Bay received 6 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation.