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USS Mathews was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship laid down on September 15, 1944 and launched on December 22, the same year with the hull number AKA-96. It was commissioned on March 15, 1945 under Comdr. C. A. Thornwall’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned for the first time on April 4, 1947. The second time it was commissioned it was on February 16, 1952 and served in the US Navy for another 16 years until October 31, 1968. It carried a complement of 247 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Norfolk, Eniwetok, Ulithi, Korea, Okinawa, the Philippines and South Vietnam. It was struck from the Naval Register on November 1, 1968.