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USS Coates was a Rudderow-class destroyer escort laid down on November 8, 1943 and launched on December 12, the same year. It was commissioned on January 24, 1944 under Lt. W. S. Wills’ command as DE-685 and served in the US Navy for 26 years until it was decommissioned on January 30, 1970. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 186 people on board and had the main missions in Norfolk, Charleston, Liverpool, Arendal, New York, Guantanamo, Virginia Capes or Florida. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 30, the same year and sunk as a target in 1971 during training exercises.