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USS Electra was an Arcturus-class attack cargo ship launched on November 18, 1941 with the hull number AKA-4. It was commissioned on March 17, 1942 under Comdr. J. J. Hughes’ command and served in the US Navy for 4 years as AK-21 until it was decommissioned the first time on March 19, 1946. On February 1, 1943 the ship was reclassified as AKA-4 and recommissioned on May 3, 1952. It served in the US Navy for another 3 years until May 13, 1955. It carried a complement of 267 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in New Zealand, French Morocco, Safi, Fedhala, Casablanca, Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok and Korea. It was sold for scrap on June 7, 1974. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Electra received 6 battle stars.