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The USS Deimos (AK-78) was a cargo ship, part of the Crater-class that served the US Navy during World War II. The ship was laid down in November 1942, as liberty ship “SS Hugh McCulloch”, later converted and renamed “SS Chief Ouray", in Richmond California under a MARCOM contract. The ship’s sponsor was Mrs. Marie Moyer. The Deimos was transferred to the Navy to be commissioned in January 1943 with Lieutenant Commander Walter L. Sorenson in command. The vessel carried cargo from San Francisco to Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, and Townsville Australia. On 23 June 1943, while returning to base after delivering cargo to Guadalcanal, the Deimos was hit by a torpedo on the port side and all the efforts to save it were in vain. Finally, it was abandoned and sunk by gunfire from O’Bannon (DD-450). The vessel received 1 battle star for its World War II service.