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USS Whiteside was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship laid down on April 22, 1944 and launched on June 12, 1944 with the hull number AKA-90. It was commissioned on September 11, 1944 under Comdr. C. P. Woodson’s command and served in the US Navy for 14 years until it was decommissioned on January 30, 1958. It carried a complement of 366 men on board, plus 78 troops. During this period, the ship operated in Iwo Jima, Pearl Harbor, Guam, New Hebrides, Ulithi, Okinawa, Yokohama, Samar, Philippines, Solomons, and Batangas. In the spring of 1971, the ship was sunk as a target. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Whiteside received 2 battle stars and 4 battle stars for the activity during the Korean War.