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USS Towner was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship laid down on April 8, 1944 and launched on June 13, the same year. It was commissioned on December 3, 1944 under Lt. Comdr. Robert P. Erdman’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 10, 1946. It carried a complement of 395 men on board. During the World War II, the ship operated in Bayonne, New Caledonia, the Philippines, Manus, Hollandia or Manila. After the decommissioning, USS Towner was struck from the Navy List on June 19, 1946. Later, the ship was sold by the US Navy and was renamed SS Philippine Bear, SS Kaimana and SS Guam Bear.