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USS Makin Island was a Casablanca-class escort carrier laid down on January 12, 1944 and launched on April 5, the same year. It was commissioned on May 9, 1944 with the hull number CVE-93 under Capt. W. B. Whaley’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on April 19, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 916 men on board and had the main missions in Ulithi, Eniwetok, Iwo Jima, Leyte, Shanghai or San Diego. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 11, 1946 and sold for scrapping to Hyman Michaels Corporation in San Diego. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Makin Island received 5 battle stars.