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USS Abercrombie was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on November 8, 1943 and launched on January 14, the following year. It was commissioned on May 1, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. Bernard H. Katschinski’s command as DE-343 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 15, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 222 people on board and had the main missions in Pearl Harbor, Galveston, Panama Canal, Manus, Leyte, Balboa, Seeadler, Kerama Retto, Biak or Mindoro. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 1, 1967 and used as a target ship during training exercises the following year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Abercrombie received 4 battle stars.