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USS Gendreau was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on August 1, 1943 and launched on December 12, the same year. It was commissioned on March 17, 1944 under Lt. Comdr. A. D. Kilmartin’s command with the hull number DE-639 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on March 13, 1948. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and it had the main missions in Hawaii, the Marshalls, Eniwetok, Oahu, Emirau, Manus, Solomon Islands, Okinawa, Tokyo Bay or Tulagi. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 1, 1972. One year later, in 1973 the ship was sold for scrapping.