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The USS Alnitah was a cargo ship belonging to the Crater-class category. It served the US Navy during the Second World War. The Alnitah’s name was inspired by a star located in the Orion constellation. This vessel was laid down in 1942 by the Permanente Metals Corporation at Richmond, California. In 1943, it was converted for naval service in the US Army. The same year, in November, the USS Alnitah was commissioned under the command of Ernest J. Youngjohns. The vessel’s first mission was to deliver cargo in the South Pacific. Some of the places where the Alnitah was deployed during its years of service include Espiritu Santo, the Solomon Islands, the Treasury Islands, New Zeeland, New Caledonia, New Guinea, the Caroline Islands, New Hebrides, Guam, Fiji Islands, Auckland. The ship transported cargo during the war operations of the Second World War until its end. The Alnitah was decommissioned in 1946 and then sent to the War Shipping Administration in Yokohama. Finally, the vessel was sent to the National Defense Reserve Fleet in Astoria, Oregon.