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USS Blair was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on January 19, 1943 and launched on April 6, the same year. It was commissioned on September 13, 1943 under Lt. Cmdr. Alden J. Laborde’s command as DE-147 and served in the US Navy for 17 years until it was decommissioned on June 15, 1960. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had the main missions in Texas, Green Cove Springs, Charleston, Bermuda, Cherbourg, Horta, Portland, Liverpool, San Pedro or Balboa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 1, 1972 and sold for scrapping in 1974 to West Waterway Lumber Company in Seattle.