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USS Howard F. Clark was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on October 8, 1943 and launched on November 8, the same year. It was commissioned on May 25, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. E. B. Hayden’s command as DE-533 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on July 15, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Norfolk, Boston, Ulithi, Okinawa, Manus, Iwo Jima, the Marianas or San Pedro. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 15, 1972 and sold for scrapping the following year.