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USS Ira Jeffery was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on February 13, 1943 and launched on May 15, the same year. It was commissioned on August 15, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. R. A. Fitch’s command with the hull number DE-63 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on June 18, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and it had the main missions in Bermuda, Rhode Island, Northern Ireland, Azores, Pearl Harbor, Ulithi, Eniwetok or Manila. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on June 1, 1960. Two years later, it sunk as target during some tests.