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USS Bolivar was a Bayfield-class attack transport laid down on May 13, 1942 and launched on September 7, the same year. It was commissioned on March 15, 1943 under Capt. Joseph A. Gainard’s command with the hull number APA-34 and it served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on April 29, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 769 people onboard and had the main missions in Norfolk, Leyte, Pearl Harbor, San Francisco, Noumea, Lingayen, Guam or Manus. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 19, 1946 and sold initially to American President Lines. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Bolivar received 5 battle stars.