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USS Banner was a Gilliam-class attack transport launched on May 3, 1944. It was commissioned on September 16, 1944 under Lt. Comdr. J. R. Pace’s command with the hull number APA-60 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on August 27, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 322 people onboard and had the main missions in California, Pearl Harbor, Guam, Oro Bay, Okinawa or Eniwetok. It also participated in Operation Crossroads. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sunk as target during training exercises in 1948. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Banner received 2 battle stars.