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USS Queens was a Windsor-class attack transport laid down on March 2, 1944 and launched on September 12, the same year. It was commissioned on December 16, 1944 under Capt. John J. Mockrish’s command with the hull number APA-103 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 10, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 476 people on board and had the main missions in Norfolk, Iwo Jima, Hilo, Guam, Eniwetok, Everett or Sasebo. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 19, 1946. The following year, USS Griggs was sold to American Export Lines and renamed Excambion and in 2007, the ship was sunk as an artificial reef.