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USS White Plains was a Casablanca-class escort carrier laid down on February 11, 1943 and launched on September 27, the same year. It was commissioned on November 15, 1943 with the hull number CVE-66 under Capt. Oscar A. Weller’s command and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on July 10, 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, Oahu or Leyte. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1958 and sold for scrapping on July 29, 1958 to Hyman Michaels Company in Chicago. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS White Plains received 5 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation for the activity during the Battle off Samar.