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The USS Aludra was a cargo ship that served the US Navy during World War II. This vessel belonged to the Crater-class. It was named after a star which is located in the Constellation Canis Major. This vessel earned one battle star for its service. The Aludra was commissioned at Richmond, California, in 1942. It was launched the same year in December. The USS Aludra embarked on its first mission in 1943 when it was sent to the Efate Islands and Espiritu Santo. Other destinations the ship had to reach later that year in order to deliver cargo, were Brisbane and Auckland. This vessel’s service ended tragically as it sank when it was departing from Guadalcanal, heading to Espiritu Santo. The cause of this event was the fact that a Japanese torpedo hit the vessel’s port side causing an explosion.