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USS Palau was a Commencement Bay-class escort carrier laid down on February 19, 1945 and launched on August 6, the same year. It was commissioned on January 15, 1946 under Capt. W. E. Cleaves’ command and served in the US Navy for 8 years until it was decommissioned on June 15, 1954. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 1066 people on board and had the main missions in Panama, Boston, Norfolk, Cuba, New York, Recife, West Africa, Isle of Rhodes, Haifa or the West Indies. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 1, 1960 and sold for scrapping several months later.