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USS Mazama was a Lassen-class ammunition ship named after another volcano located in the Cascade Range in Oregon. It was laid down on April 14, 1942, and launched on August 15, 1943. The ship was commissioned on March 10, 1944 under Comdr. P.V.R. Harris' command. It served in the US Navy for 2 years while it helped at the liberation of the Philippines until it was decommissioned for the first time on August 3, 1946. On April 24, 1952, after 6 years of inactivity, USS Mazama was commissioned again and it was assigned to Atlantic Fleet, operating off the east coast and serving in the US Navy along with the 6th Fleet. On June 1, 1957, the ship was decommissioned for the second time and, after another 4 years of inactivity, on November 27, 1961, it was commissioned for the last time, participating in fleet exercises along the Atlantic seaboard and the Caribbean. In May 1970, the ship was decommissioned for the last time and, on September 1, 1970, it was struck from the Naval Register. Overall, Mazama served in the US Navy for 16 years, operating in the Pacific Theater of Operations at Guam, the Philippine Campaign, Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa. For the services brought to its country, the ship received 5 battle stars.