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USS Rochester was an Oregon City-class heavy cruiser laid down on May 29, 1944 and launched on August 28, the following year. It was commissioned on December 20, 1946 under Capt. Harry Aloysius Guthrie’s command as CA-124 and served in the US Navy for 15 years until it decommissioned on August 15, 1961. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,142 people on board and had the main missions in Pearl Harbor, Cuba, Inchon, Koje, Wonsan, Songjin, Sasebo or San Francisco. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 1, 1973 and sold for scrapping the following year to Zidell Explorations in Portland. For the services brought to the country during the World War II and the Korean War, USS Rochester received 7 battle stars.