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USS Yacona was a Mettawee-class gasoline tanker laid down on November 23, 1944 and launched on January 14, the following year. It was commissioned on February 7, 1945 under Lt. Richard A. Urquhart’s command with the hull number AOG-45 and it served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on December 20, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 62 people onboard and had the main missions in Norfolk, Havana, Miami, Hampton Roads, Florida or Hawaii. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 8, 1946 and sold to Gulf Oil Corporation in 1947 and, subsequently, to Sociedad Campania de Navegacion in 1976.