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USS Natoma Bay was a Casablanca-class escort carrier laid down on January 17, 1943 and launched on July 20, the same year. It was commissioned on October 14, 1943 with the hull number CVE-62 under Capt. Harold L. Meadow’s command and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on May 20, 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, Palaus or Leyte. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 1, 1958 and sold for scrapping on July 30, the following year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Natoma Bay received 7 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation.