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USS Zeilin was a Harris-attack transport laid down in 1920 and launched on December 11, 1920. It was commissioned on January 3, 1942 with the hull number APA-3 and it served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on April 19, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 667 people onboard and had the main missions in San Diego, Samoa, the Solomons, Espiritu Santo, Guadalcanal, Tutuila, Adak, Tarawa, the Aleutians, the Marianas, Ulithi, Iwo Jima or the Philippines. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 5, 1946 and sold for scrapping in 1948 to American Shipbreaker Inc. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Zeilin received 8 battle stars.