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USS Porpoise was a Porpoise-class submarine laid down on October 27, 1933 and launched on June 20, 1935. It was commissioned on August 15, the same year under Lt. Cmdr. Stuart S. Murray’s command with the hull number SS-172 and it served in the US Navy for 10 years before it was decommissioned on November 15, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 58 people on board and had the main missions in New London, San Diego, Manila, Surabaya or Boston. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on August 13, 1956 and purchased by Southern Scrap Material Corporation for scrapping the following year. For the service brought to the country during the World War II, USS Porpoise received 5 battle stars.