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USS Valencia was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship laid down on May 20, 1944 and launched on July 22, the same year. It was commissioned on January 9, 1944 under Lt. Comdr. Rodney A. Blake’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on May 8, 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 Marshalls. After the decommissioning, USS Valencia was struck from the Navy List on May 21, 1946. Later, the ship was sold to Lykes Lines where it was renamed SS Genevieve Lykes.