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USS Bladen was a Gilliam-class attack transport laid down on March 8, 1944 and launched on May 31, the same year. It was commissioned on October 18, 1944 under Lt. Comdr. W. P. Hartung’s command with the hull number APA-63 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on December 26, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 849 people onboard and had the main missions in California, Pearl Harbor, Guam, Iwo Jima, Eniwetok, Okinawa or Saipan. It also took part in the Operation Crossroad. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Bladen received 2 battle stars.