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USS John W. Thomason was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on November 21, 1943 and launched on September 30, the following year. It was commissioned on October 11, 1945 under Comdr. W. L. Tagg’s command with the hull number DD-760 and served in the US Navy for 25 years until it was decommissioned on December 8, 1970. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Okinawa, Yokosuka, North Korea, San Diego or Hawaii. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on February 1, 1974 and sold to Taiwan on May 6, 1974 where it was renamed ROCS Nan Yang. For the services brought to the country during the Korean War, USS John W. Thomason received 7 battle stars and another 3 for the activity during the Vietnam War.