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USS Kanawha was a Mettawee-class gasoline tanker laid down on August 30, 1944 and launched on October 18, the same year. It was commissioned on November 23, 1944 under Lt. C. J. Byrne’s command with the hull number AOG-31 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on March 23, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 62 people onboard and had the main missions in Eniwetok, San Pedro, Mare Island, Norfolk, Leyte, Aruba, the Marshalls or Ulithi. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and scrapped in 1964.