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USS Raleigh was an Omaha-class light cruiser laid down on August 16, 1920 and launched on October 25, 1922. It was commissioned on August 1, 1924 under Capt. William C. Watts’ command with the hull number CL-7 and served in the US Navy for 21 years until it was decommissioned on November 2, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 458 people on board and had the main missions in Boston, Norfolk, San Diego, Hampton Roads, the Caribbean, Mare Island, Kiska, Attu or Pearl Harbor. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 28, 1945 and sold for scrapping in 1946. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Raleigh received 3 battle stars.