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USS Salem was a Des Moines-class heavy cruiser laid down on July 4, 1945 and launched on March 25, 1947. It was commissioned on May 14, 1949 under Capt. J. C. Daniel’s command as CA-139 and served in the US Navy for 10 years until it was decommissioned on January 30, 1959. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,799 people on board and had the main missions in Norfolk, Newport News, Barcelona, Algiers, Bermuda, Malta, Italy, France, Greece, Turkey or Lebanon. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on December 7, 1991 and used as a museum in Quincy, Massachusetts since 1994.