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The USS Talita was a stores ship belonging to the Acubens-class that served the US Navy during World War II. It was originally laid down by the Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation under a MARCOM contract as the Liberty Ship SS Jonathan Jennings. It was acquired by the War Shipping Administration, renamed, and commissioned in March 1944. The ship’s conversion was conducted by the Tampa Shipbuilding Co., in Tampa, Florida. Once the conversion was completed, the ship was tasked with resupply runs between the Solomon Islands, Espiritu Santo, Eniwetok, Majuro, Ulithi, and Manus before heading back to the US. After suffering some revisions, the USS Talita sailed back for the South Pacific and continued its resupply missions between Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, Ulithi, Leyte, and Manus. After one last supply run to Japan, the ship returned to San Francisco in November 1945. It was decommissioned in April 1946 and returned to the Maritime Commission and struck from the Navy list in July 1947.