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USS Hansford was a Bayfield-class attack transport laid down on December 10, 1943 and launched on April 25, the following year. It was commissioned on October 12, 1944 under Comdr. William A. Lynch’s command with the hull number APA-106 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 14, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 575 people onboard and had the main missions in San Pedro, Hagushi, Kerama Retto, Seattle, Leyte, Japan, Yokohama or Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold in 1947 to Isthmian Lines where it was renamed Steel Apprentice. Twenty-six years later, the ship was finally scrapped in Kaohsiung. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Hansford received 2 battle stars.