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USS Maury was an Artemis-class attack cargo ship that was originally built as USS Renate and the hull number AKA-36. It was laid down on November 21, 1944 and launched on January 31, 1945. It was commissioned on February 28, 1945 under Comdr. Joseph F. Wickham’s command and served in the US Navy for 24 years until it was decommissioned on December 19, 1969. It carried a complement of 303 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, the Marshall Islands, Eniwetok, Okinawa, Maui, San Francisco, Truk, Kwajalein, West Indies and Colombia and it participated both in the World War II and the Vietnam War. After the decommissioning, USS Maury was struck from the Naval Register on the same day. It received 6 battle stars and a Meritorious Unit Commendation for the activity during the two wars.