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USS DeLong was a Rudderow-class destroyer escort laid down on October 19, 1943 and launched on November 23, the same year. It was commissioned on December 31, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. R. C. Houston’s command as DE-684 and served in the US Navy for 19 years until it was decommissioned on August 1, 1962. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 186 people on board and had the main missions in Guadalcanal, Green Cove Springs, Key West, Newport or Bronx. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 8, 1969 and sunk as a target in 1970 during training exercises. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS DeLong received 1 bronze service star.