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USS Caswell was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship launched on October 24, 1944. It was commissioned on December 13, the same year under Lt. Comdr. P. M. Diffley’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 19, 1946. It carried a complement of 395 men on board. During the World War II, the ship operated in Bayonne, Panama Canal, Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, Motobu Peninsula or Guadalcanal. Two days after the decommissioning, USS Caswell returned to Maritime Commission and on June 23, 1947 the ship was sold to South Atlantic Steamship Line where it was renamed SS Southwind.