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USS Bowie was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on August 28, 1944 and launched on October 31, the same year. It was commissioned on December 23, 1944 under Comdr. Frank L. Durnell’s command, with the hull number APA-137 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on March 8, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people onboard and had the main missions in California, Hawaii, Ulithi, San Pedro, Manila, Guam, Pearl Harbor, Norfolk or Sasebo. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 28, 1946 and sold for scrapping in 1973. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Bowie received 1 battle star.