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USS Appling was a Gilliam-class attack transport launched on April 9, 1944. It was commissioned on August 22, the following year under Lt. Comdr. Alexander Lunde Stuart’s command with the hull number APA-58 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on December 20, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 849 people onboard and had the main missions in California, Pearl Harbor, Guam, Nagasaki, Okinawa or Eniwetok. It also participated in the Operation Crossroads. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 4, 1947 and sold for scrapping in 1972. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Appling received 2 battle stars.