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USS Lassen was a Lassen-class ammunition ship launched on January 10, 1940, and commissioned on November 27, 1941, under Commander Russell S. Berkey's command. It served in the US Navy for 6 years, before being decommissioned on January 15, 1947. The ship was struck from the Naval Register on July 1, 1961 and scrapped. Before the World War II started, the ship carried ammunition along the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts of the US. After the war began, it started its service as an advance base supply ship. It conducted operations in New Caledonia for several months between 1942 and 1943, arrived back in San Francisco on January 23, 1943 for repairs and upgrades and started again with missions from Espiritu Santo to the Navy fleet located in South Pacific. For the services brought to the US Navy, USS Lassen received 3 battle stars.