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USS Gilliam was a Gilliam-class attack transport launched on March 28, 1944. It was commissioned on August 1, the same year under Comdr. H. B. Olsen’s command with the hull number APA-57 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on July 5, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 322 people onboard and had the main missions in California, Pearl Harbor, Ulithi, Saipan, Okinawa or Eniwetok. It participated both in the Operation Crossroads and in Magic Carpet. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 20, 1946 and sunk as target during training exercises in 1946. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Gilliam received 2 battle stars.