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USS Mellena was an Artemis-class attack cargo ship laid down on September 25, 1944 and launched on December 11, the same year. It was commissioned on January 20, 1945 under Comdr. B. C. Modin’s command and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on June 11, 1946. It carried a complement of 303 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, the Marianas, the Philippines, the Admiralties, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Shiogama and Tokyo Bay and it participated only in the World War II. After the decommissioning, USS Mellena was transferred to War Shipping Administration on June 11, 1946. It was struck from the Naval Register on July 3, 1946 and it was sold for scrap in 1971.