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USS Wrangell was a Mount Hood-class ammunition ship laid down as SS Midnight in February 1944. Soon, the name of the ship was changed into USS Wrangell and was commissioned on October 10, 1944, under Comdr. Haskell C. Todd's command. After the final test of the vessel, it started the missions for the Naval Ammunition Depot in New Jersey. Then, it started to sail to the Panama Canal, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, and Japanese islands. During its activity, it loaded over 50 ships for battle. After the war finished, Wrangell remained in Tokyo Bay to participate in the initial phase of the occupation of the Japanese islands, then it sailed home that autumn. On November 19, 1946, USS Wrangell was decommissioned at Orange. The Korean War that started in 1950 determined the Navy to call back many of the ships that were inactive. This was USS Wrangell's chance to be commissioned again on November 14, 1951. It also participated in the Vietnam War where it transported ammunition for the combatant ships. Upon its returning to the East Coast, USS Wrangell was decommissioned on December 21, 1970. Six years later, on October 1, 1976, the ship was struck from the US Navy list. For the services brought to the country during the 2 wars, the World War II and the Vietnam War, the ship received 8 battle stars.