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USS South Dakota was a South Dakota-class battleship laid down on July 5, 1939 and launched on June 7, 1941. It was commissioned on March 20, 1942 under Capt. Thomas Leigh Gatch’s command with the hull number BB-57 and served in the US Navy for 5 years until it was decommissioned on January 31, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 2,364 men on board and had the main missions in Tonga Islands, Lahai Passage, Espiritu Santo, Cuba, Santa Cruz Islands, Scapa Flow, Efate Island or Leyte. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on June 1, 1962 and subsequently sold for scrapping. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS South Dakota received 13 battle star and many awards.