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USS Thomas E. Fraser was a Robert H. Smith-class destroyer minelayer laid down on January 31, 1944 as DD-736 and launched on June 10, the same year as DM-24. It was commissioned on August 22, 1944 under Comdr. Ronald Joseph Woodaman’s command and served in the US Navy for 11 years until it was decommissioned in September 12, 1955. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 363 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Norfolk, Eniwetok, Saipan, the Marianas, Ulithi, Ryukyu or Iwo Jima. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 1, 1970 and sold for scrapping in 1974. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Thomas E. Fraser received 3 battle stars.