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USS Alchiba was an Arcturus-class attack cargo ship laid down on August 15, 1938 and launched on July 6 the next year with the hull number AKA-6. It was commissioned on June 15, 1941 under Comdr. Allen P. Mullinix’ command and served in the US Navy for 5 years until it was decommissioned the first time on January 14, 1946. It carried a complement of 247 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in South Carolina, Nova Scotia, Norfolk, Society Islands, Hampton Roads, Chile, Bora Bora, Fiji Islands, Solomon Islands, Espiritu Santo, Tongatapu, Hawaii and the Philippines. It was struck from the Navy Register on February 25, 1946. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Alchiba received 3 battle stars and received the Presidential Unit Citation for the service at Guadalcanal.