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USS Tuscaloosa was a New Orleans-class cruiser laid down on September 3, 1931 and launched on November 15, 1933. It was commissioned on August 17, the following year under Capt. John N. Ferguson’s command as CA-37 and served in the US Navy for 12 years until it was decommissioned on February 13, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 766 people on board and had the main missions in Mexico, San Diego, Hawaii, Peru, Panama, Pearl Harbor, Alaska, Pensacola, Miami, Guadalcanal, Noumea, the Solomons or Shanghai. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959 and sold for scrapping to the Boston Metals Company in Baltimore the same year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Tuscaloosa received 7 battle stars.