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USS Betelgeuse was an Arcturus-class attack cargo ship laid down on March 9, 1939 and launched on September 18 the same year with the hull number AKA-11. It was commissioned on June 14, 1941 under Comdr. Harry D. Power’s command and served in the US Navy for 5 years until it was decommissioned on March 15, 1946. It carried a complement of 267 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in South Pacific and the Mediterranean. It was sold for scrap in 1972. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Betelgeuse received 6 battle stars.