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USS Mellette was a Haskell-class attack transport launched on August 4, 1944. It was commissioned on September 27, the same year under Comdr. F. H. Spring’s command, with the hull number APA-156 and it served in the US Navy for 11 years until it was decommissioned on June 18, 1955. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people onboard and had the main missions in San Pedro, Maui, Iwo Jima, Saipan, Okinawa or Yorktown. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1960 and sold for scrapping in 1987. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Mellette received 2 battle stars.