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USS Plunger was a Porpoise-class submarine laid down on July 17, 1935 and launched on July 8, the following year. It was commissioned on November 19, 1936 under Lt. George L. Russell’s command with the hull number SS-179 and it served in the US Navy for 9 years before it was decommissioned on November 15, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 73 people on board and had the main missions in New London, San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Guantanamo Bay or Alaska. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on July 6, 1956 and purchased for scrapping by Bethlehem Steel Corporation the following year. For the service brought to the country during the World War II, USS Plunger received 14 battle stars.