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USS Cavalier was a Bayfield-class attack transport laid down on December 10, 1942 and launched on March 15, the following year. It was commissioned on January 16, 1944 under Capt. R. T. McElliott’s command with the hull number APA-37 and it served in the US Navy for 24 years until it was decommissioned in 1968. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 575 people onboard and had the main missions in San Diego, Leyte, Pearl Harbor, San Francisco, Okinawa, Tsingtao, Eniwetok or Manus. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 1, 1968 and sold for scrap in 1969. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Cavalier received 5 battle stars, 4 for the Korean War and another 5 for the Vietnam service.