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USS Goss was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on December 16, 1943 and launched on March 19, the following year. It was commissioned on August 26, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. Claude A. Kirkpatrick’s command as DE-444 and served in the US Navy for 9 years until it was decommissioned on October 10, 1958. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had the main missions in San Diego, Panama, Bermuda, Kossel Roads, Okinawa, Iwo Jima or San Francisco. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1972 and sold for scrapping the same year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Goss received 4 battle stars.