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USS Centaurus was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship launched on September 3, 1943 with the hull number AKA-17. It was commissioned on October 21, 1943 under Capt. G. E. McCabe’s command and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on April 30, 1946. It carried a complement of 247 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, Kwajalein Atoll, the Marshall Islands, Manus, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Marianas, Guam, Espiritu Santo, Palau Islands and Okinawa. It returned to the Maritime Commission on September 11, 1946. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Centaurus received 6 battle stars.