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USS Suffolk was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship laid down on July 11, 1944 and launched on September 15, the same year. It was commissioned on October 23, 1944 under Comdr. E. C. Clusman’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 27, 1946. It carried a complement of 395 men on board. During the World War II, the ship operated in Manus, New Guinea, Hollandia, the Philippines, Samar, Leyte or Kerama Retto. After the decommissioning, USS Suffolk was struck from the Naval Register on July 19, 1946 and was sold to Maritime Commission where it was renamed SS Southport. For the activity during the World War II, USS Suffolk received 1 battle star.