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The USS Cor Caroli was a cargo ship belonging to the Crater-class that was commissioned by the US Navy and operated by the United States Coast Guard for war operations during World War II. Throughout the war, the ship delivered different types of cargo and equipment in the war zones. After carrying out several supply missions on the West Coast, the USS Cor Caroli left for New Zealand providing assistance in the South Pacific operations. The ship later supported the Bougainville invasion where it shot down one enemy plane and then sailed for the Philippines to supply the invasion operations there as well. After the war, the ship suffered some revisions and it was decommissioned in November 1945. It was placed in the reserve fleet, James River Group until 1978 when it was transferred to the State of South Carolina to be sunk and used as an artificial reef near the coast of Hilton Head.