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USS Tatum (DE 789 / APD 81)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 star
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal

Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 198
Tatum (DE 789) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 April 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Tex.
  • 7 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Cecile Cofield Tatum
  • 22 November 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr William C. D. Bellinger in command
  • 12 December 1944: Conversion to APD commenced at Tompkinsville, Staten Island, N.Y.
  • 15 December 1944: Reclassified APD 81, conversion completed 6 March 1945
  • 15 November 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • 1 June 1960: Stricken from the NVR
  • 8 May 1961: Sold for scrapping to the Southern Scrap Metal Co., New Orleans, La.
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    Tatum 97k undated wartime image (U.S. Navy photo) -
    Tatum 369k 29 January 1944: Boston Harbor - Taken during Tatum's post shakedown yard period at the Boston Navy Yard. (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-789 19-LCM from the National Archives and Records Administration, courtesy of  Chris Wright) Ed Zajkowski

    View the USS Tatum (DE 789 / APD 81) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Laurice M. Tatum
    Address: 4719 Quarter Staff Road, Birmingham, Ala. 35223
    Phone: (205) 967-2479
    E-mail: Laurice Tatum

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    Additional Resources

    Navsource APD Pages, USS Tatum (APD 81)
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Tatum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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