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USS West Virginia was a Colorado-class battleship laid down on April 12, 1920 and launched on November 19, 1921. It was commissioned on December 1, 1923 with the hull number BB-48 and served in the US Navy for 24 years until it was decommissioned on January 9, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 1,407 men on board and had the main missions in Hampton Roads, Bremerton, Pearl Harbor, Leyte, the Philippines, Iwo Jima or Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on March 1, 1959 and subsequently sold for scrapping. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS West Virginia received 5 battle stars.