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USS Capricornus was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship launched on August 14, 1943 with the hull number AKA-57. It was commissioned on May 31, 1944 under Comdr. B. F. McGuckin’s command and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned for the first time on March 30, 1948. The second time it was commissioned it was on October 12, 1950 and served in the US Navy for another 20 years until February 10, 1970. It carried a complement of 429 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in San Pedro, Hawaii, Hollandia, Leyte, Guam, Okinawa, Espiritu Santo and even Nagasaki and Hong Kong. It was struck from the Naval Register on January 1, 1977. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Capricornus received 4 battle stars.