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USS Barrow was a Gilliam-class attack transport laid down on January 28, 1944 and launched on May 11, the same year. It was commissioned on September 28, 1944 under Lt. Comdr. Herman Jorgensen’s command with the hull number APA-61 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on August 28, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 320 people onboard and had the main missions in California, Pearl Harbor, Guam, Iwo Jima, Okinawa or Saipan. It participated both in Operation Magic Carpet and in Crossroads. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 28, 1948 and sunk as target during training exercises. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Barrow received 2 battle stars.