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USS Burke was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on January 1, 1943 and launched on April 3, the same year. It was commissioned on August 20, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. Edwin K. Winn’s command with the hull number DE-215 and served in the US Navy for 6 years until it was decommissioned on June 22, 1949. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and it had the main missions in Panama, New York, Balboa, Pearl Harbor, the Philippines, Legaspi or Manila. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 1, 1968. A month later, in August 1968, the ship was sold to Colombia. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Burke received one battle star.