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USS New Kent was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on July 11, 1944 and launched on October 12, the same year. It was commissioned on November 22, 1944 under Capt. Frank Monroe’s command, with the hull number APA-217 and it served in the US Navy for 5 years until it was decommissioned on July 29, 1949. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people onboard and had the main missions in California, Okinawa, Norfolk, Manus, San Diego, San Francisco, Wakayama, Saipan, Luzon or Eniwetok. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 1, 1958 and sold for scrapping in 1971 to Union Minerals & Alloys Corporation. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS New Kent received 1 battle star.