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USS Libra was an Arcturus-class attack cargo ship launched on November 12, 1941 with the hull number AKA-12. It was commissioned on May 12, 1942 under Comdr. W. B. Fletcher’s command and served in the US Navy for 6 years until it was decommissioned for the first time on April 12, 1948. On August 28, 1950 the ship was recommissioned and served in the US Navy for another 14 years until October 6, 1955. It carried a complement of 406 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Solomons and Bougainville, Leyte and it participated in the World War II and the Korean War. It was struck from the Navy List on January 1, 1977. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Libra received 9 battle stars.