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USS Memphis was an Omaha-class light cruiser laid down on October 14, 1920 and launched on April 17, 1924. It was commissioned on February 4, 1924 under Capt. Henry E. Lackey’s command with the hull number CL-13 and served in the US Navy for 21 years until it was decommissioned on December 17, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 458 people on board and had the main missions in Trinidad, Lake Erie, St. Nazaire, Southampton, Balboa, Alaska, Martinique or Recife. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 8, 1946 and sold to Patapsco Scrap Corporation in 1947.