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USS Athene was an Artemis-class attack cargo ship laid down on January 20, 1944 and launched on June 18 the same year. It was commissioned on September 29, 1944 under Comdr. Edward R. Nelson’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 17, 1946. It carried a complement of 303 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima, Saipan, Eniwetok, the Philippines, Ulithi and Leyte and it participated only in the World War II. It was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1947. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Athene received 2 battle stars.