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USS Wake Island was a Casablanca-class escort carrier laid down on February 6, 1943 and launched on September 15, the same year. It was commissioned on November 7, 1943 with the hull number CVE-65 under Capt. Hames R. Tague’s command and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on April 5, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 916 men on board had the main missions in Astoria, San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Alameda, Surigato Strait, Iwo Jima or Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 17, 1946 and sold for scrapping on April 19, the same year to Boston Metals Company in Baltimore. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Wake Island received 3 battle stars.