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USS Oberon was an Arcturus-class attack cargo ship launched on March 18, 1942. It was commissioned on June 15, 1942 under Comdr. Ion Purcell’s command and served in the US Navy for 13 years until it was decommissioned on June 27, 1955. It carried a complement of 494 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Fedhala, French Morocco, Hampton Roads, New Caledonia, New Hebrides, Sicily, Salerno, the Philippines, Leyte and Okinawa and it participated both in the World War II and the Korean War. It was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1960. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Oberon received 6 battle stars and another 5 for the activity during the Korean War.