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USS Eldridge was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on February 22, 1943 and launched on July 25, the same year. It was commissioned on August 27, 1943 under Lt. C. R. Hamilton’s command with the hull number DE-173 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on June 17, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had the main missions in North Africa, Casablanca, Saipan, Algeria, Maine, Okinawa or New York. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 26, 1951 and sold to Greece the same year where it was renamed Leon. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Eldridge received the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal.