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USS Tatum (APD-81)
USS Tatum (DE-789) (1944 - 1945)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Tango - Alpha
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row, Combat Action Ribbon (29 May 1945) - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal
Buckley Class Destroyer Escort - Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
Laid down, 21 April 1943, as Tatum (DE-789), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort, at Consolidated Steel Corp, Orange TX.
Launched, 7 August 1943
Commissioned USS Tatum (DE-789), 22 November 1943, LCDR. William C. P. Bellinger USN in command
Converted to a Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport at Frontier Base Tompkinsville, N.Y.
Redesignated (APD-81), 15 December 1944
During World War II USS Tatum was initially assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
While serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS Tatum (APD-81) was assigned to:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Invasion of southern France|
15 August to 23 September 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 19 May to 11 June 1945
TransRon Twenty-Three, COMO A. S. Witherspoon;
TransDiv One Hundred Eight
Following World War II USS Tatum was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 to 25 September 1945||26 September 1945 to 12 April 1946
Decommissioned, 15 November 1946, Green Cove Springs, FL.
Laid up in the Atlantic Fleet Reserve Group at Green Cove Springs, FL
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1960
USS Tatum earned two battles stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 8 May 1961, to Southern Scrap Material, New Orleans, LA.
Displacement 1,400 t.(lt), 2,130 t.(fl)
Length 306' ovl.
Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
six 1/4 ton trucks
two 1 ton trucks
four ammunition carts
four pack howitzers
Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
three twin 40 mm AA gun mounts
six single 20 mm AA gun mounts
two depth charge tracks
NSFO 2,216 Bbls
Diesel 93 Bbls
two Combustion Engineering "D" Express boilers, 435psi 750°
two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
Ship's Service Generators
two 300Kw 450V A.C.
two 40Kw 120V D.C.
two propellers, 12,000shp
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||USS Tatum (APD-81) under way, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo.
USS Tatum (DE-789 / APD-81)
Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Last Updated 30 June 2017
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|