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The USS Chourre was an aircraft repair ship belonging to the Chourre-class that was used by the United States Navy during World War II and later, the Korean War. The ship was originally built as the USS Dumaran (ARG 14), an engine repair ship, but it was converted in February 1944 by Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard, Inc. in Baltimore, Maryland and renamed, followed by its commission in December with Captain A.H. Bergeson in command. Its service during World War II consisted of several runs in the Philippines, Marianas, and New Hebrides to supply the carriers with different types of cargo and aviation repair crew. The ship survived the war and it was decommissioned in November 1948 at Stockton, Ca. The ship was recommissioned in February 1952 to be placed in service once again, this time during the Korean War. The ship made three trips in the Western Pacific and operated mainly of Japan supplying ships off Korea until September 1955 when it was sent back to San Diego to be placed out of commission. It was laid up in the national reserve until February 1971 and sold to Union Minerals & Alloys for scrapping. During the Korean War, the USS Chourre received three battle stars for its service.