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USS Fessenden was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on January 4, 1943 and launched on March 9, the same year. It was commissioned on August 25, 1943 under Lt. Cmdr. W. A. Dobbs’ command as DE-142 and served in the US Navy for 17 years until it was decommissioned on June 30, 1960. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had the main missions in Norfolk, Panama Canal, New York, Bizerte, Maine, New London, Cape Verde, Miami, Bahia, Argentia, Recife, Eniwetok, Boston or Casablanca. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 1, 1966 and sunk as a target ship during training exercises the following year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Fessenden received 2 battle stars.