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USS John P. Gray was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on December 18, 1943 and launched on March 18, 1944. It was commissioned as a high-speed transport on March 15, 1945 under Lt. Comdr. W. E. Sims’ command with the hull number APD-74 and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on April 29, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 186 men on board and it had the main missions in New London, San Diego, Eniwetok, Hawaii, Maui, Jinsen, Guam, Norfolk or Hampton Roads. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1967. One year and a half later, USS John P. Gray was sold for scrapping.