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USS Pierce was an Ormsby-class attack transport laid down on July 22, 1942 and launched on October 10, the same year. It was commissioned on June 30, 1943 under Comdr. A. R. Ponto’s command with the hull number APA-50 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on March 11, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 513 people on board and had the main missions in California, Pearl Harbor, San Diego, Saipan, Makin, Leyte, Okinawa, Guam, San Francisco or Lingayen. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 17, 1946 and sold for scrapping in 1969. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Pierce received 6 battle stars.