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USS Mendocino was a Bayfield-class attack transport laid down on September 20, 1943 and launched on February 11, the following year. It was commissioned on October 31, 1944 under Capt. Walton R. Reed’s command with the hull number APA-100 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on February 27, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 575 people onboard and had the main missions in San Pedro, Pearl Harbor, California, Leyte Gulf, Saipan, Okinawa, Guam or Norfolk. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 12, 1946 and later sold to Pope & Talbot Inc. in San Francisco where it was renamed P & T Seafarer. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Mendocino received one battle star.