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USS Chehalis was a Patapsco-class gasoline tanker laid down on November 6, 1943 and launched on April 15, the following year. It was commissioned on December 5, 1944 under Lt. Edward G. Rifenburgh’s command with the hull number AOG-48 and it served in the US Navy for 5 years until it exploded and killed 6 out of the 75 men from the crew on October 7, 1949. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 131 people onboard and had the main missions in Galveston, Leyte, San Pedro, Olympia, Puget Sound, Kwajalein, Iwo Jima or Eniwetok. After the explosion, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 27, 1949 and received four medals for the activity during the World War II.