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USS Donnell was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on November 27, 1942 and launched on March 13, 1943. It was commissioned on June 26, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. F. C. Billings’ command with the hull number DE-56 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on October 23, 1945. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and it had the main missions in Derry, Dunstaffnage Bay in Scotland, Lisahally in the Northern Ireland, Plymouth in England, Cherbourg in France or Philadelphia. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on November 16, 1945. Several months later, on April 29, 1946 the ship was sold for scrapping. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Donnell received 1 battle star.