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USS Tyrrell was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship laid down on May 6, 1944 and commissioned on December 4, the same year under Lt. Comdr. John L. McLean’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on April 19, 1946. It carried a complement of 395 men on board. During the World War II, the ship operated in Hampton Roads, Hawaii, Panama, Eniwetok, Ulithi or the Philippines. After the decommissioning, USS Tyrrell was struck from the Navy List on May 1, 1946. Later, the ship was sold to Pacific Far East where it was renamed SS California Bear.