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USS Pondera was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on April 28, 1944 and launched on July 27, the same year. It was commissioned on September 24, 1944 under Comdr. Lawrence J. Hasse’s command, with the hull number APA-191 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on April 6, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people onboard and had the main missions in California, Okinawa, San Francisco, Hawaii, Hagushi, Saipan, Tsingtao, Hong Kong or Korea. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 19, 1946. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Pondera received 1 battle star.