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USS Procyon was an Arcturus-class attack cargo ship laid down on January 15, 1940 and launched on November 14, the same year with the hull number AKA-2. It was commissioned on August 28, 1941 under Comdr. Lem P. Padgett’s command and served in the US Navy for 5 years until it was decommissioned on March 23, 1946. It carried a complement of 412 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Pacific, North Africa, Salerno, Sicily, southern France and Okinawa. It was struck from the Navy List on April 12, 1946. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Procyon received 5 battle stars.