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USS Croatan was a Bogue-class escort aircraft carrier laid down on April 15, 1942 and launched on August 1, the same year. It was commissioned on April 28, 1943 under Capt. J. B. Lyon’s command with the hull number CVE-25 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on May 20, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 890 men on board and had the main missions in San Diego, Norfolk, Casablanca, North Africa, Bermuda or Cuba. After the decommissioning, the ship was placed again in service to serve in the Military Sea Transportation Service. Afterwards, it was struck from the Navy Register on September 15, 1970 and sold for scrapping in 1971.