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USS Savo Island was a Casablanca-class escort carrier laid down on September 27, 1943 and launched on December 22, the same year. It was commissioned on February 3, 1944 with the hull number CVE-78 under Capt. C. E. Eckstrom’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on 12 December, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 916 men on board had the main missions in Manus, San Diego, Palaus, Pearl Harbor, Leyte, Mindanao, Subic Bay, Sakishima Gunto or Alameda. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 1, 1959 and sold for scrapping to Comarket, Inc. on February 29, 1960. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Savo Island received 4 battle stars and a Presidential Unit Citation.