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USS Almaak was an Almaak-class attack cargo ship laid down on March 14, 1940 and launched on September 21, 1940 with the hull number AKA-10. It was commissioned on June 3, 1941 under Comdr. Thomas R. Cooley’s command and served in the US Navy for 5 years until it was decommissioned on May 23, 1946. It carried a complement of 426 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Norfolk, the Pacific Theater, North Africa, Saipan, Guam, the Philippine Islands, Leyte, Surigato and Iwo Jima. It was struck from the Naval Register on August 15, 1946. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Almaak received 6 battle stars.