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USS Heyliger was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on April 27, 1944 and launched on August 6, the same year. It was commissioned on March 24, 1945 under Lt. Cmdr. Arthur F. Chace’s command as DE-510 and served in the US Navy for 9 years until it was decommissioned on January 2, 1958. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had the main missions in Norfolk, Green Cove Springs, Pearl Harbor, Panama, San Diego, Guam, Rota Island, the Marianas, the Carolines or Brooklyn. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 1, 1966 and used as a target ship during the training exercises in 1969.