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USS Diamond Head was a 459-foot long ammunition ship launched on February 3, 1945 and commissioned on August 9, 1945 under Lt. Comdr. F. C. Snow's command. One month later, the ship started to accomplish its duty in Norfolk. The ship played a very important role in testing suitable exterior markings for hospital ships. On August 23, 1946, the Diamond Head was decommissioned and placed into reserve. Five years later, on August 9, 1951, the same day as the first commissioning, the ship was put in commission for the second time in order to take part in the Korean War. It served in the US Navy for another 22 years before being struck from the Naval Register on March 1, 1973. One year later, in 1974, the Diamond Head was sold for scrap.