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JUNEAU — A county government building in New Jersey has been dedicated to the USS Juneau.

The Wednesday ceremony was on the 71st anniversary of the sinking of the light cruiser during World War II, KTOO reported.

Two Japanese torpedoes sank the USS Juneau during the Battle of Guadalcanal, killing more than 600 U.S. sailors. Among the dead were 20 Hudson County, N.J., men.

Many of their family members attended the dedication ceremony as did City and Borough of Juneau Assembly member Randy Wanamaker.

The ship was built at the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock’s building 77 in Hudson County. It was launched in the Hackensack River in October 1941.

The U.S. Navy gave Building 77 to Hudson County after the war, and it now houses several county government departments.

Wanamaker said he has been fascinated with the USS Juneau since he was a small child, and remembers hearing stories from his mother about children in Juneau, then the territorial capital, collecting dimes for the ship’s silverware.

Wanamaker last year organized Juneau’s dedication of a new waterfront memorial to the ship.

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