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USS James O’Hara was a Frederick Funston-class attack transport laid down on June 16, 1941 and launched on December 30, the same year. It was commissioned on April 26, 1943 under Comdr. Charles Allen’s command with the hull number APA-90 and it served in the US Navy for 17 years until it was decommissioned on January 14, 1960. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 519 people onboard and had the main missions in Sicily, Pearl Harbor, Ulithi, Saipan, New Caledonia or Eniwetok. It participated also in the Operation Magic Carpet. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1961 and scrapped in 1968. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS James O’Hara received 7 battle stars and another 2 battle stars for the Korean War.