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The USS Syrma (AK-134) was a cargo ship belonging to the Crater-class used by the US Navy for World War II operations. Like many other cargo ships, the USS Syrma’s mission throughout the war was transporting cargo and troops in the war areas. It was laid down in January 1944 by the Delta Shipbuilding Corporation in New Orleans, Louisiana and launched in February. Having been acquired from the WSA, the ship carried out cargo delivery and towing missions in the Panama Canal Zone, Hawaii, New Guinea and various areas on the West Coast. After the war, the ship sailed for Norfolk and it was decommissioned in January 1946. It was sold to Fordham Trading Corporation, renamed to SS San Jorge, and later scrapped in 1968 at Shanghai.