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USS Joseph E. Connolly was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on April 6, 1944 and launched on August 6, the same year. It was commissioned on February 28, 1945 under Lt. Cmdr. M. C. Walley’s command as DE-450 and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on June 20, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had the main missions in San Diego, Ulithi, Panama, Norfolk, Eniwetok, Ulithi, Tokyo Bay, Jinsen, Shanghai or Saipan. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 1, 1970 and used as a target ship during training exercises in 1972. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Joseph E. Connolly received 1 battle star.