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USS Edward H. Allen was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on August 31, 1943 and launched on October 7, the same year. It was commissioned on December 16, 1943 under Lt. Cmdr. M. M. Sanford’s command as DE-531 and served in the US Navy for 10 years until it was decommissioned on January 9, 1958. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Norfolk, Boston, Miami, Green Cove Springs, France, Portugal, England or Azores. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1972 and sold for scrapping in 1974.