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USS Polana was an Artemis-class attack cargo ship laid down on December 11, 1944 and launched on January 17, 1945. It was commissioned on February 21, 1945 under Comdr. K. D. Gallinger’s command and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on March 21, 1946. It carried a complement of 303 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, Guam, Saipan, Espiritu Santo, Tinian, Okinawa, Tsingtao and it participated only in the World War II. After the decommissioning, USS Polana was struck from the Naval Register on May 1, 1946 and transferred to the Maritime Commission on June 26, the same year.