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USS Tennessee was a Tennessee-class battleship laid down on May 14, 1917 and launched two years later on April 30, 1919 with the hull number BB-43. The ship received the name of Tennessee, the 16th state of America, it was commissioned on June 3, 1920 under Captain Richard H. Leigh’s command and carried a complement of 1,083 people on board. Due to its construction period, the vessel wasn’t able to participate in the World War I, but it joined the Battleship Force until the moment when the World War II started. During this second war, it had the main missions in Pearl Harbor, San Pedro, the Marinas, Saipan, Guam, the Philippine Islands and Okinawa. On February 14, 1947 the vessel was decommissioned after it served in the US Navy for 26 years. For the services brought to the USA during the World War II, the ship received 10 battle stars and many awards.