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USS Alexander J. Luke was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on November 5, 1943 and launched on December 28, the same year. It was commissioned on February 19, 1944 under Lt. Comdr. Herbert A. Peterson’s command with the hull number DE-577 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on October 18, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and it had the main missions in Maine, Bermuda, Bizerte, Algeria, Derry, Texas, Hampton Roads or Puerto Rico. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 1, 1970. Several months later, on October 22, 1970 Alexander J. Luke sank as a target.