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USS Vesuvius was an ammunition ship that served in the US Navy for almost 23 years. The 459-foot long ship, with a 63-foot beam was launched on May 26, 1944 and commissioned on January 16, 1945, under Comdr. Flavius J. Goerge's command. The Vesuvius participated in 3 important wars: the World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. During the World War II, the vessel had the mission to load the US fleet located at Earle, New Jersey, and Japan with ammunition. The following year, on April 20, 1946, the ship was decommissioned for the first time. Five years later, on November 15, 1951, the Vesuvius was recommissioned due to the Korean War. Some of the missions during this period were to load the ships located in Port Chicago, California, and in Sasebo, Japan. Due to the activity accomplished during the 3 wars, the Vesuvius received a total of 14 battle stars. On August 14, 1973, the vessel was decommissioned for the last time and struck from the Naval Register the same day.