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USS J. Richard Ward was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on September 30, 1942 and launched on January 6, the following year. It was commissioned on July 5, 1943 under Lt. Cmdr. T. S. Dunstan’s command as DE-243 and served in the US Navy for 17 years until it was decommissioned on June 13, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had the main missions in Texas, Norfolk, Bermuda, Charleston, New York, Pearl Harbor or Argentia. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 2, 1971 and sold for scrapping in 1972.