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USS Salamaua was a Casablanca-class escort carrier laid down on February 4, 1944 and launched on April 22, the same year. It was commissioned on May 26, 1944 with the hull number CVE-96 under Capt. Joseph I. Taylor’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on May 9, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 916 men on board and had the main missions in Leyte, Guam, the Palaus, San Diego, Okinawa or Pearl Harbor. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 21, 1946 and sold for scrapping the same year to Zidell Ship Dismantling Company in Portland. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Salamaua received 3 battle stars.