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USS Connolly was an Evarts-class destroyer escort laid down on June 21, 1943 and launched on January 15, the following year. It was commissioned on July 8, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. W. A. Collier’s command as DE-306 and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on November 22, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 198 people on board and had the main missions in Iwo Jima, Espiritu Santo, Okinawa, Hagushi, Ulithi, Nansei Shoto, Leyte, Manila, Eniwetok, Pearl Harbor or San Pedro. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 19, 1945 and sold for scrapping in 1946. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Connolly received 2 battle stars.