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USS Bellatrix was an Arcturus-class attack cargo ship launched on August 15, 1941with the hull number AKA-3. It was commissioned on February 17, 1942 under Comdr. W. F. Dietrich’s command and served in the US Navy for 14 years until it was decommissioned June 3, 1955. It carried a complement of 369 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Pacific, Sicily and Saipan. In 1963, USS Bellatrix was transferred to Peru. It was sold for scrap in 1991, though it sunk on the way to the port. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Bellatrix received 6 battle stars.