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USS Thomas J. Gary was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on June 15, 1943 and launched on August 21, the same year. It was commissioned on November 27, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. William H. Harrison’s command with the hull number DE-326 and served in the US Navy for 30 years until it was decommissioned on October 22, 1973. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 216 people on board and had the main missions in the Far East, Korea, Japan, Italy, New York, Singapore, Charleston, Pearl Harbor, San Diego or Florida. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List the same day and transferred to Tunisia where it was renamed President Bourgiba.