USS Santee was a Sangamon-class escort carrier laid down on May 31, 1938 as CVE-29 and launched on March 4, the following year. It was commissioned on October 30, 1940 under Commander William G. B. Hatch’s command and served in the US Navy for 9 years until it was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 860 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Norfolk, San Pedro, Saipan, San Diego or Korea. After the striking, the ship was sold for scrapping to Master Metals Company. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Santee received 9 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation.