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USS Pickens was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on April 22, 1944 and launched on July 21, the same year. It was commissioned on September 18, 1944 under Comdr. John V. McElduff’s command, with the hull number APA-190 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on April 12, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people onboard and had the main missions in California, Okinawa, San Francisco, Hawaii, Iwo Jima, Saipan, Guam, the Marianas or Noumea. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 1, 1946. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Pickens received 2 battle stars.