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USS Diphda was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship launched on May 11, 1944 with the hull number AKA-59. It was commissioned on July 8, 1944 under Comdr. R. C. Willson’s command and served in the US Navy for 12 years until it was decommissioned on May 11, 1956. It carried a complement of 429 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, New Guinea, Manus, Wakde Islands, San Pedro Bay, Okinawa, Saipan, Espiritu Santo and Sasebo. It served for the Military Sea Transportation Service from February 5 to November 11, 1952. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Diphda received 1 battle star and 6 battle stars for the activity during the Korean War.