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USS J. Franklin Bell was a Harris- attack transport laid down in 1918 and launched on May 15, 1920. It was commissioned on April 2, 1942 with the hull number APA-16 and it served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on March 20, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 683 people onboard and had the main missions in California, San Francisco, San Diego, Alaska, Tarawa or Saipan. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold for scrapping in 1948 to Boston Metals in Baltimore. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS J. Franklin Bell received 6 battle stars.