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USS Thomas was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on January 16, 1943 and launched on July 31, the same year. It was commissioned on November 21, 1943 with the hull number DE-102 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned in March 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and managed to sink three German submarines. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on December 22, 1948 and transferred to China where it was renamed Tai Ho (DE-23). For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Thomas received 4 battle stars and many awards.