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USS Hissem was an Edsall-class destroyer escort launched on December 26, 1943. It was commissioned on January 13, the following year under Lt. Comdr. W. W. Low’s command with the hull number DE-400 and served in the US Navy for 26 years until it was decommissioned on May 15, 1970. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Charleston, New York, Norfolk, Algiers, Azores, Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, Ulithi, Tokyo, Guam, San Pedro or New Zealand. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 1, 1975 and used as a target ship during training exercises in 1982. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Hissem received 1 battle star.