USS Dawson was a Gilliam-class attack transport launched on November 27, 1944. It was commissioned on February 4, the following year under Lt. Comdr. R. S. Cass’ command with the hull number APA-79 and it served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on September 20, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 322 people onboard and had the main missions in Espiritu Santo, Tulagi, Noumea, Brisbane, Manus, New Guinea, Sasebo or Japan. After the decommissioning, the ship was sunk as target during training exercises in 1948.
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