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USS Cockrill was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on August 31, 1943 and launched on October 29, the same year. It was commissioned on December 24, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. S. Farnham’s command with the hull number DE-398 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on June 21, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Charleston, New York, Norfolk, Guantanamo, the Gulf of Mexico, Pearl Harbor, Saipan, Panama Canal, Okinawa, Guam or Casco Bay. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1973 and used as a target ship during training exercises in 1974.