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USS Ponchatoula was a Mettawee-class gasoline tanker laid down on June 7, 1944 and launched on July 30, the same year. It was commissioned on October 6, 1944 under Lt. W. G. Peyton’s command with the hull number AOG-38 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on April 24, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 62 people onboard and had the main missions in the Netherlands West Indies, San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Canton Island, Ulithi, Okinawa, Hagushi, Kerama Retto, Ie Shima or Mare Island. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 31, 1946. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Ponchatoula received one battle star.