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USS Alshain was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship laid down on October 29, 1943 and launched on January 26, 1944 with the hull number AKA-55. It was commissioned on April 1, 1944 and served in the US Navy for 12 years until it was decommissioned on January 14, 1956. It carried a complement of 392 men on board. On October 1, 1949, the ship was reclassified as USNS Alshain with the hull number T-AKA-55. During the World War II, the ship operated in Admiralty Islands, Hawaii, Leyte, Hollandia, Solomon Islands, Okinawa and Japan. It also participated in the Korean War and it had the main missions in Yokosuka, Pusan, Kobe, Wonsan, Golfe Juan and Norfolk. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Alshain received 5 battle stars and 3 battle stars for the activity during the Korean War, adding up a total of 8 battle stars as well as many awards.