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The USS Beagle was a Liberty tanker ship belonging to the Armadillo-class that was used by the US Navy for World War II operations. The ship was laid down under a MARCOM contract with the name of David Rittenhouse by California Shipbuilding Corporation in Terminal Island. It was launched in October 1943 and acquired by the Navy in November the same year. During its relatively short World War II service, the ship was responsible for delivering fuel to various island groups in the Pacific and it provided support in the invasion of Leyte in November 1944. The ship continued its supply missions shortly after the war in the Far East and then sailed for Norfolk, Virginia to be placed out of commission. The ship was later sold to a New York-based company to be used as a merchant ship under the name of George S. Georgios Sideratos and later Maria G. L. It was eventually scrapped in 1964.