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|203k||07 August 1943: Orange, Tex. - The future USS Tatum is christened by her sponsor, Mrs. Cecile Cofield Tatum, the widow of Lcdr. Lawrence A. Tatum, DC, USN.||S. Dale Hargrave|
Newport News, Va.
|157k||29 January 1944: Boston Harbor - USS Tatum (DE 789) photographed in Boston Harbor wearing Camouflage Measure 32, Design 11D. Tatum had been in the yard
for post-shakedown availability since 17 January.
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 83296, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975; from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|369k||29 January 1944: Boston Harbor - Taken during Tatum's post shakedown yard period at the Boston Navy Yard. She had gotten out of drydock that morning.
(U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-789 19-LCM from the National Archives and Records Administration, courtesy of Chris Wright)
|97k||25 February 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Tatum enroute to Norfolk, Va. She and Borum (DE 790) were escorting USS Kasaan Bay
(CVE 69) northward. They stopped to drop three medical cases at the Naval Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on the previous day.
(U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-419678 from the United States National Archives)
|View the USS Tatum (DE 789 / APD 81) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Tatum's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 22 Nov. 1943 – 03 Feb. 1945||Lcdr. William Cotesworth Pinchney Bellinger Jr., USN (Comm. CO) (USNA ‘33) (McColl, S.C.)|
|2.) 03 Feb. 1945 – 21 Jan. 1946||Lcdr. / Cmdr. William Charles Howes, USNR (Rockledge, Fla.)|
|3.) 21 Jan. 1946 – 15 Nov. 1946||Lcdr. Almer Paul Colvin, USN (USNA ‘39) (Mansfield, La.)|
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