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USS Cherokee was a Navajo-class fleet tug launched on November 10, 1939. It was commissioned on April 26, 1940 under Lt. Comdr. P. L. F. Weaver’s command with the hull number AT-66 and it served in the US Navy for 6 years before it was decommissioned on June 29, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 85 people on board and had the main missions in Newfoundland, Iceland, Norfolk, French Morocco or Bermuda. It was used as a target during training exercises in 1990.