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USS President Jackson was a President Jackson-class attack transport laid down on October 2, 1939 and launched on June 7, the following year. It was commissioned on January 16, 1942 under Comdr. C. W. Weitzel’s command with the hull number APA-18 and served in the US Navy for 13 years until it was decommissioned on July 6, 1955. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 512 people on board and had the main missions in California, Pearl Harbor, Solomon Islands, Saipan, Noumea, Norfolk, Inchon, Guam, Iwo Jima or Lingayen. 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 Jackson received 8 battle stars and another 3 for the activity during the Korean War.