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USS Wautauga was a Mettawee-class gasoline tanker laid down on June 14, 1943 and launched on January 10, the following year. It was commissioned on September 28, 1944 under Lt. Robert E. McAllister’s command with the hull number AOG-22 and it served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on April 26, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 62 people onboard and had the main missions in Iwo Jima, Eniwetok, Panama Canal, Guam, San Diego, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, Saipan or Canton Island. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 13, 1948 and sold to Taiwan where it was renamed Yu Chuan (AO-303).