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USS Vanadis was an Artemis-class attack cargo ship laid down on April 18, 1945 and launched on June 8, the same year. It was commissioned on July 9, 1945 under Lt. Comdr. E. B. Williams’ command and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on March 27, 1946. It carried a complement of 303 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Hampton Roads, Rhode Island, Gulf of Mexico, Alabama, Florida or Boston. After the decommissioning, USS Vanadis was struck from the Naval Register on June 5, 1946 and transferred to the Maritime Commission on July 2, 1946. Later on, it was reinstated as USS Thor on January 3, 1956.