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USS Darke was a Haskell-class attack transport launched on August 29, 1944. It was commissioned on October 10, the same year under Capt. McF. W. Wood’s command, with the hull number APA-159 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on April 17, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people onboard and had the main missions in California, Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima, Saipan, Okinawa or Ulithi. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold for scrapping to Union Metals & Alloys Corporation in 1974. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Darke received 2 battle stars.