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USS Venango was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship laid down on June 6, 1944 and launched on August 9, the same year. It was commissioned on January 2, 1945 under Lt. Comdr. Thurman A. Whitaker’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on April 18, 1946. It carried a complement of 247 men on board. During the World War II, the ship operated in Norfolk, Pearl Harbor, Panama, Okinawa, Eniwetok or Tanapag. After the decommissioning, USS Venango was struck from the Navy List on May 1, 1946. Later, the ship was sold to Waterman Steamship Corporation and then transferred to Isbrandtsen Co, Inc. where it was renamed SS Flying Eagle.