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USS Marathon was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on July 4, 1944 and launched on October 7, the same year. It was commissioned on October 28, 1944 under Comdr. J. W. McElroy’s command, with the hull number APA-200 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on May 8, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people onboard and had the main missions in California, Okinawa, San Francisco, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, Ulithi, Saipan or Eniwetok. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List the same day and returned to its owners. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Marathon received 2 battle stars.