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USS Bostwick was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on February 6, 1943 and launched on August 30, the same year. It was commissioned on December 1, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. John H. Church’s command with the hull number DE-103 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on April 30, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had the main missions in Bizerte, Maine, the West Indies, Azores, Iceland, New London, Rhode Island or Florida. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on February 10, 1949 and sold to China where it was renamed Tai Hu (DE-25). For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Bostwick received 2 battle stars and many awards.