The 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 World War II, the ship operated in Bayonne, New Caledonia, the Philippines, Manus, Hollandia, and Manila. After the decommissioning, the USS Towner was struck from the Navy List on June 19, 1946. Later, the ship was sold by the US Navy and was renamed as SS Philippine Bear, SS Kaimana, and SS Guam Bear.
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