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USS Hilbert was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on March 23, 1943 and launched on July 18, the same year. It was commissioned on February 4, 1944 under Cmdr. J. W. Golinkin’s command with the hull number DE-742 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 19, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had the main missions in San Francisco, Saipan, the Marianas, Iwo Jima or Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1972. A year later, the ship was sold for scrapping. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Hilbert received 8 battle stars.