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USS Washburn was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship laid down on October 24, 1944 and launched on December 18, the same year. It was commissioned the next year on May 17, 1945 under Comdr. W. C. Jackson’s command and served in the US Navy for 25 years until it was decommissioned on May 16, 1970. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 425 men on board. During its activity in the World War II, the ship operated in Norfolk, Marseille, the Philippines or Manila. After the war, it carried passengers and cargo between different locations of the western Pacific. It also participated in the Korean and the Vietnam War. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 1, 1976. For the activity during the Korean War, USS Washburn received 5 battle stars and another 6 for the services brought to the country during the Vietnam War.