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USS Calcaterra was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on May 28, 1943 and launched on August 18, the same year. It was commissioned on November 17, 1943 under Comdr. H. J. Wuensch’s command with the hull number DE-390 and served in the US Navy for 30 years until it was decommissioned on July 2, 1973. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had the main missions in Norfolk, Italy, Pearl Harbor, southern France, the Caribbean, Newport or Florida. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 2, 1973 and sold for scrapping the following year.