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USS San Francisco was a New Orleans-class cruiser laid down on September 9, 1931 and launched on March 9, 1933. It was commissioned on February 10, the following year under Capt. Royal E. Ingersoll’s command as CA-38 and served in the US Navy for 12 years until it was decommissioned on February 10, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 904 people on board and had the main missions in Mexico, San Diego, Hawaii, Peru, Panama, Pearl Harbor, Tutuila, New Guinea, Cape Esperance, Guadalcanal, Kiska, Makin or Naha. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959 and sold for scrapping to the Union Mineral and Alloys Corporation in New York two years later. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS San Francisco received 17 battle stars.