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USS Wabash was a Patapsco-class gasoline tanker laid down on June 30, 1942 and launched on October 28, the same year. It was commissioned on May 10, 1943 under Lt. James F. Ardagh’s command with the hull number AOG-4 and it served in the US Navy for 10 years until it was decommissioned on September 10, 1957. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 140 people onboard and had the main missions in Alaska, Seattle, San Francisco, Hawaii, Eniwetok, Roi Island, Saipan or Ulithi. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 8, 1958 and sold to Marine Metals in 2006, where it was subsequently scrapped. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Wabash received 2 battle stars and another 2 for the Korean service.