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USS Saint Paul was a Baltimore-class heavy cruiser laid down on February 3, 1943 and launched on September 16, 1944. It was commissioned on February 17, the following year under Capt. Ernest H. von Heimburg’s command as CA-73 and served in the US Navy for 26 years until it was decommissioned on April 30, 1971. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,700 people on board and had the main missions in Boston, Maizuru, Kamaishi, Pearl Harbor, Sasebo, Bremerton, Inchon or Yokosuka. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on July 31, 1978 and sold for scrapping two years later. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Saint Paul received 1 battle star, 8 battle stars for the Korean services and another 9 for the activity during the Vietnam War.