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USS Rankin was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship laid down on October 31, 1944 and launched on December 6, the same year. It was commissioned the next year on February 25, 1945 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned for the first time on May 21, 1947. Five years later, on March 22, 1952, the ship was recommissioned and served in the US Navy for another 19 years until May 11, 1971. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 395 men on board. During the World War II, the ship operated in Honolulu, Ulithi, Okinawa, Saipan, the Philippines, Manila or Nagoya. On July 24, 1988 USS Rankin was sunk near Florida but it had been already stricken from the Navy List on January 1, 1977. For the activity during the World War II, the ship received one battle star and was awarded the Armed Forces Epeditionary Medal for the services brought to the country during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.