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USS Altamaha was a Bogue-class escort aircraft carrier laid down on December 19, 1941 and launched on May 25, the following year. It was commissioned on September 15, 1942 under Capt. J. R. Tate’s command with the hull number CVE-18 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on September 27, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 970 men on board and had the main missions in San Diego, Espiritu Santo, New Caledonia, Nouméa, Fiji, Nadi, Funafuti or Cuba. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on March 1, 1959 and sold for scrapping on April 25, 1961 to Eisenberg & Co in New York City.