The USS Ogeechee (AOG-35) was a Mettawee-class gasoline tanker laid down on May 7, 1944. It was commissioned on September 6, the same year under Lt. William E. Peterson’s command with the hull number AOG-35 and it served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on February 18, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 62 people on board and had its main missions in Aruba, San Diego, Seattle, Attu Island, Panama, Kodiak Island and Adak. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 12, 1946.
During World War II, theater-strike operations were required to disable or destroy the forward-deployed U.S. military assets, including aircraft, ships, and submarines. Requiring first strike capability by sea, the U.S. Navy utilized naval ships which placed many service members at risk for asbestos-related diseases due to the multitude of asbestos materials present in these vessels - more than 300 asbestos products that were constantly being handled by Navy personnel of all ranks.