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USS Whitley was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship laid down on May 2, 1944 and launched on June 22, 1944 with the hull number AKA-91. It was commissioned on September 21, 1944 under Comdr. Albert C. Thompson’s command and served in the US Navy for 11 years until it was decommissioned for the first time on August 16, 1955. The second time it was reinstated it was on December 1, 1961 and served in the Italian Navy for another 12 years until May 1, 1973. It carried a complement of 366 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in the Hawaiian Islands, Saipan, Bonin Islands, New Hebrides, Espiritu Santo, Florida, Norfolk and even in Bremerhaven in Germany. It was struck from the Navy List on May 1, 1973 for the last time. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Whitley received 1 battle star.