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USS Patapsco was a Patapsco-class gasoline tanker laid down on May 25, 1942 and launched on August 18, the same year. It was commissioned on February 4, 1943 under Lt. A. J. Church’s command with the hull number AOG-1 and it served in the US Navy for 20 years until it was decommissioned on August 1, 1974. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 124 people onboard and had the main missions in Alaska, Seattle, Ulithi, Saigon, Sasebo, Subic Bay or Pearl Harbor. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1974 and sold for commercial purpose in 1979. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Patapsco received 1 battle star and another one for the Korean service.