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USS Waukesha was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship laid down on July 3, 1944 and launched on September 6, the same year. It was commissioned the same year under Lt. Comdr. John S. Herold’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on July 10, 1946. It carried a complement of 395 men on board. During the World War II, the ship operated in Panama, Okinawa, Eniwetok, Ulithi or the Buckner Bay. After the decommissioning, USS Waukesha was struck from the Navy List on July 31, 1946. Later, the ship was sold to Luckenbach Steamship Co. where it was renamed SS Mary Luckenbach.