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USS Gasconade was a Gilliam-class attack transport laid down on November 7, 1944 and launched on January 23, 1945. It was commissioned on March 11, 1945 under Lt. Comdr. Allen E. Stiff’s command, with the hull number APA-85 and it served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on August 28, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 322 people onboard and had the main missions in Kwajalein, Bikini Atoll, Guam, Japan or Eniwetok. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sunk as target during training exercises near California.