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USS Sarasota was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on April 11, 1944 and launched on June 14, the same year. It was commissioned for the first time on August 16, 1944 under Comdr. James I. MacPherson’s command, with the hull number APA-204 and it served in the US Navy for 6 years until it was decommissioned for the last time on September 2, 1955. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 692 people onboard and had the main missions in California, Okinawa, San Francisco, Saipan, Guam, Ryukyus, Seattle or Stockton. After the last decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1966 and sold for scrapping to Balboa Desquaces Maritimos in 1983. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Sarasota received 3 battle stars.