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USS Jenks was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on May 12, 1943 and launched on September 11, the same year. It was commissioned on January 19, 1944 under Lt. Comdr. J. F. Way’s command with the hull number DE-665 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 26, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and it had the main missions in Bermuda, Norfolk, Casablanca, New London, Casco Bay, Boston or Miami. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on February 1, 1966. Two years later, on March 5, 1968 the ship was sold for scrapping. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Jenks received 2 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation for capturing U-505.