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USS Gillette was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on August 24, 1943 and launched on September 25, the same year. It was commissioned on October 27, 1943 under Comdr. T. G. Murrell’s command with the hull number DE-681 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on February 3, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and it had the main missions in Balboa, Cuba, Costa Rica, Colombia, New London, Manila or Hollandia. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 1, 1972. Several months later, it was sold for scrapping.