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Pages: 22. Chapters: USS Ammonusuc (AOG-23), USS Calamus (AOG-25),
USS Chiwaukum (AOG-26), USS Escatawpa (AOG-27), USS Gualala
(AOG-28), USS Hiwassee (AOG-29), USS Kalamazoo (AOG-30), USS
Kanawha (AOG-31), USS Narraguagas (AOG-32), USS Ochlockonee
(AOG-33), USS Oconee (AOG-34), USS Ogeechee (AOG-35), USS Ontonagon
(AOG-36), USS Ponchatoula (AOG-38), USS Quastinet (AOG-39), USS
Sacandaga (AOG-40), USS Sakatonchee (AOG-19), USS Seekonk (AOG-20),
USS Sequatchie (AOG-21), USS Sheepscot (AOG-24), USS Tetonkaha
(AOG-41), USS Towaliga (AOG-42), USS Tularosa (AOG-43), USS Wakulla
(AOG-44), USS Waupaca (AOG-46), USS Wautauga (AOG-22), USS Yacona
(AOG-45), USS Yahara (AOG-37). Excerpt: USS Yahara (AOG-37) was a
Mettawee-class gasoline tanker acquired by the U.S. Navy for the
dangerous task of transporting gasoline to warships in the fleet,
and to remote Navy stations. Yahara was named by the U.S. Navy
after the Yahara, a river which rises at a small lake in Dane
County, Wisconsin, and flows south and southeast through Madison,
Wisconsin, to empty into the Rock River about nine miles northwest
of Janesville, Wisconsin. Yahara was laid down under a Maritime
Commission contract (MC hull 1800) on 6 June 1944 at Bayonne, New
Jersey, by the East Coast Shipyard, Inc.; launched on 30 July 1944;
sponsored by Miss Cynthia Tenety; converted for naval service at
Brooklyn, New York, by the Marine Basin Co.; and commissioned at
the New York Navy Yard on 29 September 1944, Lt. N. Clark Biggs,
USNR, in command. The new gasoline tanker got underway for Norfolk,
Virginia, on 30 October. Following shakedown in Chesapeake Bay,
Yahara sailed for the Netherlands West Indies on 22 November to
take on a cargo of aviation gasoline and diesel oil at Aruba.
Loaded to capacity, she sailed on 1 December for the west coast;
transited the Panama Canal on the 6th; and proceeded via San Diego,
California, to Hawaii. Upon her arrival at Pearl Harbor on 2
January 1945, the ship joined Service Squadron (ServRon) 8.
Departing Pearl Harbor on 5 January for the Phoenix group, she
delivered her cargo of aviation gas and oil to Canton Island on the
13th and returned to Pearl Harbor two days later. She continued her
fuel shuttle operations in the Hawaiian chain through most of
February, making runs to Johnston Island and Maui. The tanker
sailed for the Marshalls on the 25th as part of Task Unit 16.8.13.
En route, she delivered a cargo of aviation gasoline to the naval
air station at Johnston Island for use by planes engaged in the
search for Lt. Gen. Millard F. Harmon, whose plane had been lost at
sea. The ship arrived at Eniwetok on 13 March and, after waiting
four days for a convoy boun
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