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USS Minneapolis was a New Orleans-class cruiser laid down on June 27, 1931 and launched on September 6, 1933. It was commissioned on May 19, the following year under Capt. Gordon W. Haines’ command as CA-36 and served in the US Navy for 13 years until it was decommissioned on February 10, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 919 people on board and had the main missions in Philadelphia, Panama, Pearl Harbor, the Gilberts, the Marshalls, the Coral Sea, Australia, New Zealand, Midway, Tassafaronga, Guadalcanal, Tulagi or Guam. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959 and sold for scrapping to the Union Metals and Alloys Corporation the same year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Minneapolis received 16 battle stars.