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USS Jack W. Wilke was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on October 18, 1943 and launched on December 18, the same year. It was commissioned on March 7, 1944 under Lt. Comdr. Robert D. Lowther’s command with the hull number DE-800 and served in the US Navy for 16 years until it was decommissioned on May 24, 1960. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and it had the main missions in Bermuda, Oran, Bizerte, Palermo, Naples, Cherbourg, Miami or Port Everglades. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on August 1, 1972 and sold for scrapping to Union Metals & Alloys Corp. in New York.