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USS Achernar was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship laid down on September 6, 1943 and launched on December 3, 1943 with the hull number AKA-53. It was commissioned on January 31, 1944 under Comdr. H. R. Stevens’ command and served in the US Navy for 19 years until it was decommissioned on July 1, 1963. It carried a complement of 429 men on board. During the World War II, the ship operated in Staten Island, Swansea, Plymouth, Baie de la Seine, Roseneath, Naples, Norfolk, Okinawa, San Pedro Bay, Philippine Islands and Kerama Retto. It also participated in the Korean War and it had the main missions in Kobe, Sasebo, Suyeong, Yokosuka, Inchon, Moji and the Aleutian Islands. Although it was decommissioned for the first time on February 18, 1956 USS Achernar was reactivated on September 1, 1961. It was reclassified as an amphibious ship and operated mainly in the Virginia capes operating area. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Achernar received 3 battle stars and 3 battle stars for the activity during the Korean War, adding up a total of 6 battle stars.