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USS Texas was a New York-class battleship laid down on April 17, 1911 and launched one year later on May 18, 1912 with the hull number BB-35. The ship received the name of Texas, one of the most popular states of America, it was commissioned on March 12, 1914 and carried a complement of 1,042 people on board. Due to its construction period, the vessel was able to participate both in the World War I and in World War II. The main missions in the World War I were in the Mexican waters and the North Sea. During the World War II, the ship escorted convoys across the Atlantic, shelled Axis-held beaches for the North African campaign and the Normandy Landings. It also participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. On April 21, 1948 the vessel was decommissioned after it served in the US Navy for 34 years. For the services brought to the USA during the two world wars, the ship received 5 battle stars and many awards.