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USS Virgo was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship laid down on March 9, 1943 and launched on June 4, 1943 with the hull number AKA-20. It was commissioned on July 15 the same year under Comdr. Clayton H. McLaughlin’s command and served in the US Navy for 18 years until it was decommissioned on July 1, 1961. It was recommissioned again on August 19, 1966 and served in the US Navy for another 5 years. It was finally decommissioned on February 18, 1971. It carried a complement of 473 men on board. During the World War II, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, New Zealand, New Hebrides and Efate, Gilberts and Marshalls, Marianas, Ulithi, Okinawa and Admiralty Islands. It also participated in the Korean War and it had the main missions in Songjin, Wonsan, Suyeong, Pohang, Sasebo and Yokosuka, Kaohsiung and Taiwan. Although it was struck from the Naval Register on July 1, 1961, USS Virgo was reactivated and participated into the Vietnam War with the most important missions in Concord, Gulf of Tonkin, Sasebo and Subic Bay. It was reclassified as an ammunition ship on November 1, 1965 and received the hull number AE-30. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Virgo received 7 battle stars, 9 battle stars for the activity during the Korean War and 10 battle stars for the actions during the Vietnam War, adding up a total of 26 battle stars.