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USS Manila Bay was a Casablanca-class escort carrier laid down on January 15, 1943 and launched on July 10, the same year. It was commissioned on October 5, 1943 with the hull number CVE-61 under Capt. Boynton L. Braun’s command and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on July 31, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 916 men on board had the main missions in Saipan, Eniwetok, Pearl Harbor, Tanahmerah Bay, Manus, New Guinea or Leyte. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 27, 1958 and sold for scrapping on September 2, the following year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Manila Bay received 8 battle stars.