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USS Vermillion Bay was a Commencement Bay-class escort carrier that was renamed Kula Gulf before being laid down on November 6, 1943 and launched on August 15, the following year. It was commissioned for the first time on May 12, 1945 with the hull number CVE-108 under Capt. J. W. King’s command and served in the US Navy for 9 years until it was decommissioned for the last time on October 6, 1969. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 1066 men on board and had the main missions in San Diego, Leyte, East China Sea, Okinawa, Saipan, Guam, China, Norfolk, Korea or Vietnam. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 15, 1970 and sold for scrapping the following year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, USS Kula Gulf received 1 battle star and many awards.