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USS Northampton was a Northampton-class cruiser laid down on April 12, 1928 and launched on September 5, the following year. It was commissioned on May 17, 1930 under Capt. Walter N. Vernou’s command as CA-26 and served in the US Navy for 12 years until it sank in the Battle of Tassafaronga on December 1, 1942. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 696 people on board and had the main missions in Oahu, Wake Island, Midway, Guadalcanal, Tassafaronga, San Cristobal, Pearl Harbor or San Pedro. After the sinking, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 28, 1945. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Northampton received 6 battle stars.