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USS Pollack was a Porpoise-class submarine laid down on October 1, 1935 and launched on September 15, the following year. It was commissioned on January 15, 1936 under Lt. Clarence E. Aldrich’s command with the hull number SS-180 and it served in the US Navy for 8 years before it was decommissioned on September 21, 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, Honshu or Alaska. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on October 29, the same year and purchased for scrapping by Ship-Shape Incorporated the following year. For the service brought to the country during the World War II, USS Pollack received 10 battle stars.