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USS Thuban was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship laid down on February 2, 1943 and launched on April 26, 1943 with the hull number AKA-19. It was commissioned on June 10, 1943 under Comdr. James C. Campbell’s command and served in the US Navy for 24 years until it was decommissioned in October 1967. It carried a complement of 456 men on board. During the World War II, the ship operated in the Aleutian and Gilbert Islands, Kwajalein Atoll, Saipan and Leyte, Lingayen and Iwo Jima. It also participated in the Korean War and it had the main missions in the Pacific Theater, Yokohama, Yokosuka, Wonsan, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. It was reclassified as an amphibious cargo ship on January 1, 1969 and received the hull number LKA-19. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Thuban received 7 battle stars and 3 battle stars for the activity during the Korean War, adding up a total of 10 battle stars.