USS Gilliam (APA-57), named for Gilliam County in Oregon, was the lead ship in the her class of attack transports serving in the United States Navy during World War II. She was launched 28 March 1944 under a Maritime Commission contract by the Consolidated Steel Corporation, Wilmington, California; sponsored by Mrs A O.Williams of Wilmington; acquired 31 July 1944; and commissioned 1 August 1944, Comdr H B Olsen in command.

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The launch of the USS Gilliam

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Although each of these titles might be true, the main focus of the passage is a short account of the launch of the USS Gilliam.

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