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USS Barnstable was a Bayfield-class attack transport laid down on May 6, 1943 and launched on August 5, the same year. It was commissioned on May 22, 1944 under Capt. T. M. Stokes command with the hull number APA-93 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on March 24, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 478 people onboard and had the main missions in Okinawa, Pearl Harbor, Manus, Lingayen, San Francisco, Ulithi or Admiralty Islands. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold in 1948 to Isthmian Steamship Company where it was renamed Steel Fabricator. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Barnstable received 4 battle stars.