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USS Custer was a Bayfield-class attack transport launched on November 6, 1942. It was commissioned on July 18, the following year under Capt. R. E. Hansen’s command with the hull number APA-40 and it served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on May 24, 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, New Guinea or Manus. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold for commercial purpose in 1948. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Custer received 6 battle stars.