I recently was reading a book titled "Devil Boats - The PT War Against Japan" by William Breuer. It is an interesting book that is about PT Boats in the Pacfic in WW2. Toward the end of the book it mentioned the tender Wachapreague in a fight with five Kamikazes in Leyte Bay the Philippines. I naturally perked up at mention of a local name. As you know the smaller ships and boats in the Navy were named for bays and channels. In the case of the USS Wachapreague the name came from the Wachapreague Channel as opposed to the town in Virginia but that is close enough.
The Wachapreague started out as a Seaplane Tender but was than changed to a PT Boat Tender. PT Boat Tenders provide the necessary fuel and provisions for the group of torpedo boats she was responsible for. She was launched 10 July 1943 out at Lake Washington Shipyard, Houghton Washington.
Interestingly the USS Chincoteague, a sea plane tender, was built about the same time and followed almost the same route as the Wachapreague, serving as a Coast guard vessel, going to Viet Nam and finally ending up in the Philippine Navy.