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USS Oakland was an Atlanta-class light cruiser laid down on July 15, 1941 and launched on October 23, the following year. It was commissioned on July 17, 1943 under Capt. William K. Phillips’ command with the hull number CL-95 and served in the US Navy for 6 years until it was decommissioned on July 1, 1949. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 802 people on board and had the main missions in Luzon, San Diego, Ulithi, Leyte, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, Guam, Nansei Shoto, Leyte, Nagoya or Formosa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959 and sold for scrapping in 1959 to Louis Simons. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Oakland received 9 battle stars.