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USS Sakatonchee was a Mettawee-class gasoline tanker laid down on August 13, 1942 and launched on May 22, the following year. It was commissioned on January 17, 1944 under Lt. Frederick C. Steinmetz’s command with the hull number AOG-19 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on March 29, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 62 people onboard and had the main missions in Panama Canal, Milne Bay, Palawan, New Guinea, Balikpapan or San Francisco. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 1, 1946 and scrapped in 1964. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Sakatonchee received 3 battle stars.