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USS Prince William was a Bogue-class escort aircraft carrier laid down on May 18, 1942 and launched on August 23, the same year. It was commissioned on April 9, 1943 as USS Prince William with the hull number CVE-31 under Capt. Herbert E. Regan’s command and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on August 29, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 890 men on board and had the main missions in New Caledonia, Canton Island, Samoa, Espiritu Santo, San Diego, Townsville, Norfolk or Key West. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959 and sold for scrapping in 1961 in Japan.