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USS Crater (AK-70) was the lead ship of the class of converted liberty ships in the service of the US Navy in World War II. The ship was laid down 28 August 1942 as liberty ship SS John James Audubon by Permanente Metals Corporation, in Richmond, California and transferred to the Navy the same year. USS Crater was commissioned 31 October 1942 under Lieutenant Commander Russel Dodd’s command. The ship’s mission throughout the war was to deliver cargo to locations such as Efate, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, New Zealand, Guadalcanal, and the Philippines. Its last trip was to Pearl Harbor where it was decommissioned and transferred to MARCOM on 25 June 1946. Similar to many of its kind, the ship was sold for scrapping in August 1974.