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USS Dade was a Bayfield-class attack transport laid down on November 2, 1943 and launched on January 14, the following year. It was commissioned on November 11, 1944 under Comdr. M. P. Du Val’s command with the hull number APA-99 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on February 25, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 575 people onboard and had the main missions in San Pedro, Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, Guam, Tsingtao or Norfolk. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and later sold to Matson Navigation Company where it was renamed Hawaiian Retailer. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Dade received one battle star.