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USS Douglas L. Howard was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on December 8, 1942 and launched on January 24, the following year. It was commissioned on July 29, 1943 under Lt. Cmdr. G. D. Kissam’s command as DE-138 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on June 17, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had the main missions in Casablanca, Pearl Harbor, Boston, Mayport, New York, Eniwetok, Kwajalein, the Marshalls, the Carolines, Florida or San Diego. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 1, 1972 and sold for scrapping in 1974.