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USS Carteret was a Gilliam-class attack transport launched on August 15, 1944. It was commissioned on December 3, the same year under Lt. Comdr. J. L. Hunter’s command with the hull number APA-70 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on August 6, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 322 people onboard and had the main missions in San Francisco, Ulithi, Japan, Tulagi, Seattle or Bikini Atoll. It also participated in the Operation Crossroads. After the decommissioning, the ship was sunk as a target during training exercises in 1948. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Carteret received two battle stars.