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USS J.R.Y. Blakely was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on December 16, 1942 and launched on March 7, the following year. It was commissioned on August 16, 1943 under Lt. Cmdr. J. H. Forshew’s command as DE-140 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on June 14, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had the main missions in Panama Canal, New York, Bahia, Mayport, Casablanca, Bermuda, Newfoundland, Azores, Cape Town or Pearl Harbor. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 2, 1971 and sold for scrapping in 1973.