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USS Kishwaukee was a Patapsco-class gasoline tanker laid down on September 22, 1942 and launched on July 24, the following year. It was commissioned on May 27, 1944 under Lt. Francis M. Hillman’s command with the hull number AOG-9 and it served in the US Navy for 18 years until it was decommissioned on January 15, 1970. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 131 people onboard and had the main missions in Norfolk, Okinawa, Sasebo, Ryukyus, Palaus, Pearl Harbor, San Pedro or Guam. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1974 and sold for commercial purpose in 1978. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Kishwaukee received 2 battle stars and another 7 campaign stars for the Vietnam activity.