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USS Alpine was a Bayfield-class attack transport laid down on April 12, 1943 and launched on July 10, the same year. It was commissioned on April 22, 1944 under Capt. W. L. Taylor’s command with the hull number APA-92 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on March 24, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 575 people onboard and had the main missions in Okinawa, Pearl Harbor, Manus, Lingayen, San Francisco, Ulithi or Samar. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold in 1947 to American Mail Lines where it was renamed India Mail. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Alpine received 5 battle stars.