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USS Bowers was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on May 28, 1943 and launched on October 31, the same year. It was commissioned twice, the first time on January 27, 1944 under Lt. Comdr. Frederic W. Hawes’ command with the hull number DE-637 and served in the US Navy for 10 years until it was decommissioned the last time on December 18, 1958. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and it had the main missions in Hawaii, the Marshalls, New Guinea, the Solomons, the Philippines, Leyte, Surigao Strait or Samar. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 1, 1961. Five years later, in 1966 the ship was sold for scrapping. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Bowers received 4 battle stars.