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USS Henry A. Wiley was a Robert H. Smith-class destroyer minelayer launched on April 21, 1944. It was commissioned on August 31, the following year under Comdr. Robert Emmett Gadrow’s command with the hull number DD-749 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on January 29, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, the East China Sea, Buckner Bay, San Francisco or Eniwetok. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 15, 1970 and sold for scrapping on May 30, 1972. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Henry A. Wiley received 4 battle stars.