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USS Matanikau was a Casablanca-class escort carrier laid down on March 10, 1944 and launched on May 22, the same year. It was commissioned on June 24, 1944 with the hull number CVE-101 under Capt. W. L. Erdmann’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on October 11, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 916 men on board and had the main missions in San Diego, Espiritu Santo, Manus, Admiralty Islands, Finschhafen, the Marshalls, Roi Islands, Yokosuka, Saipan or Guam. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 1, 1960 and sold for scrapping the same year to Jacq. Pierot, Jr. & Sons in New York.