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USS Butte was a Gilliam-class attack transport launched on July 20, 1944. It was commissioned on November 21, the same year under Comdr. J. A. Gillis’ command with the hull number APA-68 and it served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was disposed of by sinking on May 12, 1948. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 283 people onboard and had the main missions in San Diego, Pearl Harbor, San Francisco, Ulithi, Okinawa, Eniwetok or Manila. After the decommissioning, the ship was used for bombing tests during the Operation Crossroads, but it survived, so it was used for radiation study. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Butte received one battle star.