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USS Cleveland was a Cleveland-class light cruiser laid down on July 1, 1940 and launched on November 1, the following year. It was commissioned on June 15, 1942 under Capt. E. W. Burrough’s command with the hull number CL-55 and served in the US Navy for 5 years until it was decommissioned on February 7, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had the main missions in Sydney, Buka, Manus, Bonis, Truk, New Georgia or Efate. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959 and sold for scrapping the following year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Cleveland received 13 battle stars and one Navy Unit Commendation.