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USS Alamance was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship laid down on September 15, 1944 and launched on November 11, the same year. It was commissioned on December 22, 1944 under Lt. Comdr. Otto John Stein’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 25, 1946. It carried a complement of 395 men on board. During the World War II, the ship operated in Panama Canal, Eniwetok, Saipan, Palau Islands, Ulithi or the Philippines. After the decommissioning, USS Alamance returned to Maritime Commission. In 1947 the ship was sold to Prudential Line Shipping Company where it was renamed SS Southstar.