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USS Clay was a Bayfield-class attack transport laid down on October 14, 1942 and launched on January 23, the following year. It was commissioned on March 15, 1943 with the hull number APA-39 and it served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on April 29, 1946. 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, Guam, Luzon or Manus. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 19, 1946 and sold to American President Lines in 1946 where it was renamed SS President Johnson. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Clay received 4 battle stars.