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The USS Grumium (AK-112) was a Crater-class cargo ship in the service of the US Navy in World War II. The ship was laid down under a MARCOM contract in November 1942 as a Liberty Ship named SS William G. McAdoo, by Permanente Metals Corporation in Richmond, California. It was converted to be used by the Navy by Todd Shipyards in Seattle, Washington and commissioned in October 1943 with Lieutenant Commander B. J. Parylak in command. The ship transported drum gas, oil, and aviation fuel from San Francisco to Pago Pago, Kwajalein, and Eniwetok between November 1943 and May 1944 when it returned to San Francisco to be converted to an aviation support ship. Once converted, the ship provided support in assault areas during the Okinawa invasion operations. It was decommissioned in December 1945 and laid up in the National Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, Virginia. It was scrapped in October 1970.