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USS Toledo was a Baltimore-class heavy cruiser laid down on September 13, 1943 and launched on May 6, 1945. It was commissioned on October 27, the following year under Capt. August J. Detzer’s command as CA-133 and served in the US Navy for 14 years until it was decommissioned on May 21, 1960. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,142 people on board and had the main missions in Guantanamo, the West Indies, Port-au-Prince, San Francisco, Korea, San Diego, Songjin, Wonsan, Hong Kong, Taiwan or Australia. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on January 1, 1974 and sold for scrapping to the National Metal and Steel Corporation in Terminal Island the same year. For the services brought to the country during the Korean War, USS Toledo received 5 battle stars.