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USS Gilligan was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on November 18, 1943 and launched on February 22, the following year. It was commissioned on May 12, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. Carl E. Bull’s command as DE-508 and served in the US Navy for 11 years until it was decommissioned on March 31, 1959. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had the main missions in Manus, San Diego, Lingayen, Leyte, Ulithi, Hollandia, Okinawa or Hawaii. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1972 and sold for scrapping the following year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Gilligan received 1 battle star.