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USS Springfield was a Cleveland-class light cruiser laid down on February 13, 1943 and launched on March 9, 1944. It was commissioned on September 9, the same year under Capt. Felix L. Johnson’s command with the hull number CL-66 and served in the US Navy for 19 years until it was decommissioned on May 15, 1974. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had the main missions in Boston, Guantanamo Bay, Ulithi, Panama Canal, Okinawa, Tokyo, Yokohama, New England, Sasebo or Hong Kong. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 31, 1980 and sold for scrapping the same year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Springfield received 2 battle stars.