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USS Baron was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on November 30, 1942 and launched on May 9, the following year. It was commissioned on July 5, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. D. McVicker’s command with the hull number DE-166 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on April 26, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had the main missions in New York, Hollandia, Truk, Satawan, Ponape, Saipan, Guam, the Marshalls, Maloelap, Wotje or Jaluit. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred to Uruguay on May 3, 1952 where it was renamed ROU Uruguay (DE-1). Several days later, the ship was struck from the Navy Register. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Baron received 3 battle stars.