USS Cronin was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on October 19, 1943 and launched on January 5, 1944. It was commissioned on May 5, 1944 under Lt. Comdr. A. G. Cooke’s command with the hull number DE-704 and served in the US Navy for 9 years until it was decommissioned on December 4, 1953. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and had the main missions in Norfolk, Bizerte, Palermo, Boston, Manila, Manus, Leyte, Jinsen, Korea or Tsingtao. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on June 1, 1970 and sunk as a target one year later.