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USS Arcturus was an Arcturus-class attack cargo ship laid down on July 26, 1938 and launched on May 18, the next year with the hull number AKA-1. It was commissioned on October 26, 1940 under Comdr. Russell C. Bartman’s command and served in the US Navy for 6 years until it was decommissioned on April 3, 1946. It carried a complement of 267 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in North Africa, Salerno, southern France and Okinawa. It was struck from the Navy List on June 5, 1946. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Arcturus received 5 battle stars.