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USS Union was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship laid down on September 27, 1944 and launched on November 23, the same year. It was commissioned the next year on April 25, 1945 under Comdr. Hartwell T. Doughty’s command and served in the US Navy for 25 years until it was decommissioned on June 5, 1970. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 387 men on board. During the World War II, the ship operated in Norfolk, Hawaii, Honolulu, Guam or Eniwetok. After the World War II, USS Union participated also in the Korean and the Vietnam War. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 1, 1976. For the activity during the Korean War, the ship received 2 battle stars and another 9 for the services brought to the country during the Vietnam War.