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USS Grafton was a Bayfield-class attack transport laid down on March 3, 1944 and launched on August 10, the same year. It was commissioned on January 5, 1945 under Capt. C. D. Emory’s command with the hull number APA-109 and it served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on May 16, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 575 people onboard and had the main missions in Norfolk, Guam, Sasebo, Saipan, Panama, Japan, Manila or Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold in 1947 to American Mail Lines. In 1974, the ship was finally scrapped in Kaohsiung.