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USS Lacerta was an Artemis-class attack cargo ship laid down on July 5, 1944 and launched on October 28, the same year. It was commissioned on December 19, 1944 under Comdr. Louis Funkenstein’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on March 25, 1946. It carried a complement of 302 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, Solomon Islands, Saipan, Manila, Yokohama and Tsingtao and it participated only in the World War II. After the decommissioning, USS Lacerta was transferred to the Maritime Commission. It received 1 battle star for the activity during the World War II.