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Named after the French Admiral François Joseph Paul de Grasse, this ship was a Crater-class cargo ship that operated in the service of the US Navy during World War II. De Grasse was launched in February 1943 as liberty ship SS Nathaniel J. Wyeth by the Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation in Portland Oregon under a MARCOM contract. The ship’s first mission was carrying troops and cargo from Port Hueneme, California to Pearl Harbor. De Grasse also helped in the invasion of the Marianas in June and July 1944. Starting with 1945 the vessel carried troops from Eniwetok, Guam, Saipan, and Majuro to Ulithi which was a staging point for the Okinawa operation. After the war, De Grasse was assigned to Operation Magic Carpet duty and decommissioned in March 1946. The ship received 3 battle stars during the war.