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USS Pollux was a Castor-class general stores issue ship laid down on October 2, 1941 and launched on February 5, 1942. It was commissioned on April 27, 1942 under Capt. E. J. Kidder’s command and served in the US Navy for 8 years until it was decommissioned on April 3, 1950. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 315 men on board and it had the main missions in Guantanamo Bay, the Virgin Islands, San Juan, Trinidad and Jamaica, Panama Canal Zone, Recife and Bahia, Bermuda, Bayonne or Norfolk. After the decommissioning, USS Pollux was used for atomic testing at Bikini Atoll. During the Korean War, the ship was reactivated and served in the US Navy for another 18 years, since August 5, 1950 until December 31, 1968. On January 1, 1969, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold for scrapping in September 1969. For the services brought to the country during the Korean War, USS Pollux received 5 battle stars and 7 campaign stars for the activity during the Vietnam War.