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USS Arneb was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship launched on July 6, 1943 with the hull number AKA-56. It was commissioned on April 22, 1944 under Comdr. Howard R. Shaw’s command and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned for the first time on March 16, 1948. The second time it was commissioned it was on March 19, 1949 and served in the US Navy for another 22 years. It carried a complement of 429 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in San Diego, Hawaii, Palau Islands, Leyte, Guam, Luzon, Ryukyus, Okinawa and Oahu, North Africa, New Zealand, the Arctic Circle and Sydney. It was struck from the Naval Register on August 13, 1971. For the services brought to the country during the World War II and the Korean War, USS Arneb received 4 battle stars and a Meritorious Unit Commendation for the Apollo mission.