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USS Algol was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship laid down on December 10, 1942 and launched on February 17, 1943 with the hull number AKA-54. It was commissioned for the first time on November 27, 1943 and served in the US Navy for a month until it was decommissioned in December 1943. It carried a complement of 247 men on board. The second commissioning took place on July 21, 1944 and lasted for 14 years until January 2, 1958, when it was decommissioned for the second time. Three years later, on November 17, 1961, USS Algol was recommissioned for the last time. On January 1, 1969, the ship was reclassified as an amphibious cargo ship with the hull number LKA-54. The last decommissioning took place after another 9 years of serving in the US Navy on July 23, 1970. During the World War II, the ship operated in Saipan, Mariana Islands, New Guinea, Admiralty Islands, Ryukyu Islands, Hawaii, Ulithi and Tsingtao. It also participated in the Korean War and it had the main missions in Japan, Yokosuka, Wonsan, Inchon and Hong Kong. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Algol received 2 battle stars and 5 battle stars for the activity during the Korean War, adding up a total of 7 battle stars as well as many awards.