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USS Odum was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on October 15, 1943 and launched on January 19, 1944. It was commissioned as a high-speed transport on January 12, 1945 under Lt. Comdr. John A. Cromly’s command with the hull number APD-71 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on November 15, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 186 men on board and it had the main missions in Bermuda, the Panama Canal, Hawaii, San Diego, the Philippines, Ulithi Atoll or Japan. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List but the exact date is unknown. On November 15, 1966 USS Odum was sold to Chile where it was renamed Serrano (APD-26).