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USS Mount Hood was a Mount Hood-class ammunition ship, C2-S-AJ1 type, which was laid down on September 28, 1943, as SS Marco Polo. It was renamed Mount Hood in order to avoid confusion with another ship that had the same name. The vessel was launched on November 28, 1943, and commissioned on July 1, 1944, under Comdr. Harold A. Turner's command. Soon after the commissioning, on November 10, 1944, Mount Hood exploded twice, killed everyone on board and damaged 22 ships that happened to be around. Except for 13 men who headed to shore just before the explosion, no one survived on the ship. Among the ships that were damaged were USS Alhena, USS Aries, SS Lyman, USS Petrof Bay and USS Saginaw Bay. After the disaster, USS Mount Hood was struck from the Naval Register on December 11, 1944.