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USS Prentiss was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship laid down on October 10, 1944 and launched on December 6, the same year. It was commissioned the next year under Lt. Comdr. George P. Walker’s command and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on May 31, 1946. It carried a complement of 425 men on board. During the World War II, the ship operated in Norfolk, Hawaii, Okinawa or San Francisco. After the decommissioning, USS Prentiss was struck from the Navy List on June 19, 1946. Later, the ship was sold to Aluminum Company of America where it was renamed SS Alcoa Ranger.