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USS Baxter was a Sumter-class attack transport laid down on March 18, 1943 and launched on September 19, the same year. It was commissioned on May 15, 1944 under Capt. V. R. Sinclair’s command with the hull number APA-94 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on March 22, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 554 people on board and had the main missions in Pearl Harbor, Manus, Leyte, Luzon, San Felipe or Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was sold for commercial purpose to Waterman Steamship Corporation in Alabama where it was renamed SS La Salle. The ship was scrapped in 1968. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Baxter received 3 battle stars.