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USS Buckley was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on June 29, 1942 and launched on January 9, 1943. It was commissioned on April 30, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. A. W. Slayden’s command with the hull number DE-51 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on July 3, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 186 men on board and it had the main missions in North Atlantic and the Mediterranean. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on June 1, 1968. One year later, in July 1969, the ship was sold for scrapping. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Buckley received 3 battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for sinking U-66 submarine.