USS Massachusetts was a South Dakota-class battleship laid down on July 20, 1939 and launched on September 23, 1941. It was commissioned on May 12, 1942 under Capt. Francis E. M. Whiting’s command with the hull number BB-59 and served in the US Navy for 5 years until it was decommissioned on March 27, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 1,793 men on board and had the main missions in North Africa, Nouméa, the Solomons, the Gilberts, Norfolk, Ponape Island, Leyte or Manila. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on June 1, 1962 and used as a museum ship since 1965. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Massachusetts received 11 battle stars.