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USS Chara was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship launched on March 15, 1944 with the hull number AKA-58. It was commissioned on June 14, 1944 under Comdr. C. B. Hamblett’s command and served in the US Navy for 15 years until it was decommissioned for the first time on April 21, 1959. The second time it was commissioned was on June 25, 1966 and served in the US Navy for another 6 years until March 1972. It carried a complement of 380 men on board. During these periods, the ship operated in San Antonio, Okinawa, Pearl Harbor, Hungnam, Wonsan, Koje-do and Ulsan, Oregon and Puget Sound. It was struck from the Naval Register on March 10, 1972. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Chara received 4 battle stars and 7 battle stars for the actions during the Korean War.