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USS Botetourt was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on August 22, 1944 and launched on October 19, the same year. It was commissioned for the first time on January 31, 1945 under Comdr. William A. Barr’s command, with the hull number APA-136 and it served in the US Navy for 11 years until it was decommissioned on April 27, 1956. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people onboard and had the main missions in California, Espiritu Santo, San Pedro, Manila, San Diego, Manila, Norfolk or Oran. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1961 and sold for scrapping in 1974.