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USS Westmoreland was a Bayfield-class attack transport laid down on December 8, 1943 and launched on April 28, the following year. It was commissioned on January 18, 1945 under Capt. James M. Hicks’ command with the hull number APA-104 and it served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on June 5, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 575 people onboard and had the main missions in San Pedro, Panama Canal, Pearl Harbor, California, Manila, Portland, Sasebo or Samar. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 19, 1946 and sold in 1947 to Isthmian Lines where it was renamed Steel King.