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USS Stokes was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship laid down on June 26, 1944 and launched on August 31, the same year. It was commissioned on October 12, 1944 under Comdr. G. W. Graber’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on July 9, 1946. It carried a complement of 395 men on board. During the World War II, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, Hilo, Saipan, Ulithi, San Francisco, Guam or Okinawa. After the decommissioning, USS Stokes was struck from the Naval Register on July 19, 1946 and was sold to Maritime Commission where it was renamed SS Sierra. For the activity during the World War II, USS Stokes received 2 battle stars.