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USS Bivin was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on November 3, 1943 and launched on December 7, the same year. It was commissioned on October 31, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. M. Kelly’s command as DE-536 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on January 15, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had the main missions in Seeadler Harbor, Manus, Admiralty Islands, Boston, Kossol Roads, Palau Islands, Leyte, Hong Kong or San Pedro. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 30, 1968 and used as a target ship during training exercises the following year.