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USS John Willis was a Dealey-class destroyer escort laid down on July 5, 1955 and launched on February 4, 1956. It was commissioned on February 21, 1957 under Lt. Comdr. H. O. Anson’s command with the hull number DE-1027 and served in the US Navy for 15 years until it was struck from the Navy List on July 14, 1972. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 170 people on board and had the main missions in Rhode Island, Cuba, Newport, Gibraltar, Key West, the English coast or the West Indies. After the striking, the ship was sold for scrapping in 1973.