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USS Pittsburgh was a Baltimore-class heavy cruiser laid down on February 3, 1943 and launched on February 22, 1944. It was commissioned on October 10, the same year under Capt. John Edward Gingrich’s command as CA-72 and served in the US Navy for 8 years until it was decommissioned on August 28, 1956. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,142 people on board and had the main missions in Boston, Pearl Harbor, Bremerton, Yokosuka, Ulithi, Iwo Jima, Nansei Shoto, Okinawa, Guantanamo, Gibraltar or Tachen Island. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on July 1, 1973 and sold for scrapping to Zidell Explorations Corporation the following year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Pittsburgh received 2 battle stars.