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USS Pensacola was a Pensacola-class cruiser laid down on October 27, 1926 and launched on April 25, 1929. It was commissioned on February 6, the same year under Capt. Alfred G. Howe’s command as CA-24 and served in the US Navy for 16 years until it decommissioned on August 26, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 530 people during wartime and 4 aircraft on board and had the main missions in Midway, Ulithi, Pearl Harbor, Manila, Palau Islands or Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 28, 1945 and sunk as target in 1948. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Pensacola received 13 battle stars.