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USS Austin was an Evarts-class destroyer escort laid down on March 14, 1942 and launched on September 25, the same year. It was commissioned on February 13, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. H. G. Claudius’ command with the hull number DE-15 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on December 21, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 198 people on board and had the main missions in San Diego, Alaska, Pearl Harbor, San Francisco, Eniwetok, Okinawa, Ulithi, San Pedro, Iwo Jima or Saipan. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 8, 1946 and sold for scrapping in 1947. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Austin received 3 medals.