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USS Fechteler was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on February 7, 1943 and launched on April 22, the same year. It was commissioned on July 1, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. C. R. Simmers’ command with the hull number DE-157 and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it sank on May 5, 1944. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and it had the main missions in New York, Netherlands, North Africa, Azores or Northern Ireland. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, the ship received 1 battle star.