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USS Los Angeles was a Baltimore-class heavy cruiser laid down on July 28, 1943 and launched on August 20, the following year. It was commissioned on July 22, 1945 under Capt. John A. Snackenberg’s command as CA-135 and served in the US Navy for 15 years until it was decommissioned on November 15, 1963. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,142 people on board and had the main missions in Guantanamo, Shanghai, the Marianas, San Francisco, Korea, Hungnam, Haeju, Wonsan, Hong Kong, Taiwan or Australia. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on January 1, 1974 and sold for scrapping to the National Steel Corporation in San Pedro the following year. For the services brought to the country during the Korean War, USS Los Angeles received 5 battle stars.