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USS Tatum was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on April 22, 1943 and launched on August 7, the same year. It was commissioned on November 22, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. William C. D. Bellinger’s command with the hull number DE-789 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on November 15, 1946. Meanwhile, the ship was reclassified as a high-speed transport with the hull number APD-81. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and it had the main missions in Bermuda, England, North Africa, French Morocco, Algeria, Bizerte, Malta, Egypt, Marseilles, Ajaccio, Ulithi or Japan. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on June 1, 1960. One year later, it was sold for scrapping to the Southern Scrap Metal Co in New Orleans, Louisiana. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Tatum received 2 battle stars.