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USS Mississippi was a New Mexico-class battleship laid down on April 5, 1915 and launched two years later on January 25, 1917 with the hull number BB-41. The ship received the name of Mississippi, the 20th state of America, it was commissioned on December 18, 1917 and carried a complement of 1,081 people on board. Due to its construction period, the vessel wasn’t able to participate in the World War I and it participated in training exercises off Virginia, Gulf of Guacanayabo. Between the wars, the ship was used for training exercises. During the World War II, it had the main missions in Fiji Islands, Pearl Harbor, Aleutian Islands, Kiska Island, Gilbert Islands, Marshall Islands, Palau Islands, Philippine Islands, Admiralty Islands, Okinawa and Tokyo Bay. On September 17, 1956 the vessel was decommissioned after it served in the US Navy for 39 years. For the services brought to the USA during the World War II, the ship received 8 battle stars and many awards.