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USS President Hayes was a President Jackson-class attack transport laid down on December 26, 1939 and launched on October 4, the following year. It was commissioned on December 15, 1941 under Capt. F. W. Benson’s command with the hull number APA-20 and served in the US Navy for 8 years until it was decommissioned on June 30, 1949. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 513 people on board and had the main missions in San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Tonga Islands, Cuba, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Rendova landings, Efate, Espiritu Santo or Guam. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 1, 1958 and sold for scrapping in 1973. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS President Hayes received 7 battle stars.