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The USS Leonis (AK-128) was a Crater-class cargo ship that served the US Navy in World War II. Laid down in November 1942 originally, as the Liberty Ship SS Key Pittman, by Permanente Metals Corporation, it was the first Liberty Ship to carry supplies for the New Guinea campaign on the Milne Bay-Oro Bay route. Having been acquired by the US Navy in October 1943, the ship served as a cargo ship carrying war materials and troops in the Pacific Islands, Hawaiian Islands, Palau Islands, and the Philippines for the rest of the war. It was decommissioned in December 1945 and was returned to the War Shipping Administration, having its name reverted to Key Pittman. It was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, in Virginia and sold for scrapping in 1967. The USS Leonis received two battle stars for its service during World War II.