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USS Wilkes-Barre was a Cleveland-class light cruiser laid down on December 14, 1942 and launched on December 24, the following year. It was commissioned on July 1, 1944 under Capt. Robert L. Porter’s command with the hull number CL-103 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on October 9, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had the main missions in Pearl Harbor, San Pedro, Ulithi, Tokyo, Guantanamo, Honshu, Norfolk, Jinsen, Plymouth, Bergen or Tsingtao. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 15, 1971 and sunk during training exercises the following year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Wilkes-Barre received 4 battle stars.