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USS Leedstown was a Windsor-class attack transport laid down on August 26, 1942 and launched on February 13, the following year. It was commissioned on July 16, 1943 under Comdr. Harold Bye’s command with the hull number APA-56 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on March 7, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 613 people on board and had the main missions in Tulagi, Guam, Pelelius, Leyte, Luzon, Iwo Jima or Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was sold to Shepard Steam Ship Company where it was renamed Minute Man and then Exilona by American Export-Isbrandtsen Lines. The ship was scrapped in 1970. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Leedstown received 6 battle stars.