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USS Francis M. Robinson was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on February 22, 1943 and launched on May 29, the same year. It was commissioned on January 15, 1944 under Lt. J. E. Johansen’s command with the hull number DE-220 and served in the US Navy for 16 years until it was decommissioned on June 20, 1960. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and it had the main missions in Norfolk, Cape Verde Islands, New York, Gibraltar, Miami, the Caribbean or New London. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1972. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Francis M. Robinson received 1 battle star and the Presidential Unit Citation.