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USS Chenango was a Sangamon-class escort carrier laid down on July 10, 1938 and launched on April 1, the following year. It was commissioned on June 20, 1941 as AO-31 under Commander W. H. Mays’ command and served in the US Navy for 5 years until it was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959. Later, it was reclassified as CVE-28 and CVHE-28. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 1080 people on board and had the main missions in Norfolk, San Pedro, San Diego, Espiritu Santo, Tarawa, Roi or Eniwetok. After the striking, the ship was sold for scrapping. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Chenango received 11 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation.