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USS Alhena was an Arcturus-class attack cargo ship laid down on June 19, 1940 and launched on January 18 the next year with the hull number AKA-9. It was commissioned on June 15, 1941 under Comdr. Charles B. Hunt’s command and served in the US Navy for 5 years until it was decommissioned the first time on May 22, 1946. It carried a complement of 446 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Boston, Norfolk, Nova Scotia, Belfast and Tonga Islands, Fiji Islands, New Hebrides, Efate and Saipan, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. It was struck from the Navy Register on August 15, 1946. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Alhena received 5 battle stars.