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USS Topeka was a Cleveland-class light cruiser laid down on April 21, 1943 and launched on August 19, 1944. It was commissioned on December 23, the same year under Capt. Thomas L. Wattles’ command with the hull number CL-67 and served in the US Navy for 14 years until it was decommissioned on June 5, 1969. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had the main missions in Boston, Guantanamo Bay, Ulithi, Kanoya, Okinawa, Tokyo, Muroran, Tinian, Sasebo or Hong Kong. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 1, 1973 and sold for scrapping to Southern Scrap Material Company in 1975. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Topeka received 2 battle stars and another 3 battle stars for the Vietnam War.