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USS Berrien was a Gilliam-class attack transport laid down on February 23, 1944 and launched on March 20, the same year. It was commissioned on October 8, 1944 under Lt. Comdr. John Murray Gallagher’s command with the hull number APA-62 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on May 17, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 322 people onboard and had the main missions in California, Pearl Harbor, Guam, Iwo Jima, Okinawa or Saipan. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1947 and sold for scrapping in 1966. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Berrien received 2 battle stars.