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USS New Orleans was a New Orleans-class cruiser laid down on March 14, 1931 and launched on April 12, 1933. It was commissioned on February 15, the following year under Capt. Allen B. Reed’s command as CA-32 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 915 people on board and had the main missions in San Pedro, Portsmouth, Pearl Harbor, Noumea, Fiji, Sydney, Midway, Majuro, Guadalcanal, Truk or Hollandia. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on March 1, 1959 and sold for scrapping to Boston Metals Company the same year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS New Orleans received 17 battle stars, 1 bronze star, 10 silver stars and 206 Purple Hearts.