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USS Merrick was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship laid down on October 19, 1944 and launched on January 28, the next year with the hull number AKA-97. It was commissioned on March 31, 1945 under Comdr. Walter E. Reed’s command and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned for the first time on June 26, 1946. The second time it was commissioned it was on January 19, 1952 and served in the US Navy for another 17 years until September 17, 1969. It carried a complement of 247 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Norfolk, Marshalls, New Hebrides, the Philippines, California, Yokosuka, Iwo Jima and South Vietnam. On January 1, 1969, USS Merrick was reclassified as LKA-97 and it was struck from the Naval Register 7 years later, on September 1, 1976.