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USS Tulare was a Tulare-class attack cargo ship laid down on February 16, 1953 and launched on December 22, the same year. It was commissioned three years after that on January 12, 1956 under Capt. Donald W. Todd’s command and served in the US Navy for 30 years until it was decommissioned on March 31, 1986. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 435 men on board. Because of its commissioning period, the ship wasn’t able to participate into the World War II, but it took part into the Vietnam War. After the war, it carried passengers and cargo between Okinawa, Japan and the Philippines. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 31, 1992. For the activity during the Vietnam War, USS Tulare received 11 battle stars, one Navy Unit Commendation and one Meritorious Unit Commendation.