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USS Garrard was a Gilliam-class attack transport laid down on October 28, 1944 and launched on January 13, the following year. It was commissioned on March 3, 1945 under Lt. Comdr. Walter Barnett’s command with the hull number APA-84 and it served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on May 21, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 322 people onboard and had the main missions in Ulithi, Okinawa, Guam, Japan, Portland or Eniwetok. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold for scrapping to Zidell Exploration Company in 1963. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Garrard received 2 battle stars.