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USS Gazelle was an unclassified miscellaneous vessel that was a used by the US Navy during World War II to assist the war operations in the Marshall Islands, Philippines, and Enewetak Atoll by delivering fuel to battleships carrying the operations. It was built as an auxiliary oiler under the name of SS Cyrus K. Holliday in November 1943 and immediately acquired by the Navy. USS Gazelle took part in the assault in Kwajalein in early 1944 before sailing for Eniwetok and later, Majuro, to further carry out fueling operations through submarine-infested waters before sailing for Leyte. The ship remained at Leyte until September 1944 when it sailed for Korea and joined the Korean Service Group. After the war ended, the vessel was sent to Norfolk, Virginia to be placed out of commission and returned to the WSA. It was sold into private ownership in 1948. USS Gazelle received one battle star for its service during World War II.