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USS Bracken was a Gilliam-class attack transport laid down on March 13, 1944 and launched on June 10, the same year. It was commissioned on October 4, 1944 under Lt. Comdr. C. S. Lee’s command with the hull number APA-64 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on August 29, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 322 people onboard and had the main missions in California, Pearl Harbor, Midway, Hilo, Eniwetok, Okinawa or Saipan. It also took part both in the Operation Crossroad and Magic Carpet. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 5, 1948 and sunk as a target during training exercises.