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USS Hiwassee was a Mettawee-class gasoline tanker launched on August 30, 1944. It was commissioned on October 17, the same year under Lt. R. Racliffe’s command with the hull number AOG-29 and it served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on March 22, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 62 people onboard and had the main missions in Panama Canal, Ulithi or Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold to Luzon Stevedoring Corporation. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Hiwassee received one battle star.