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USS Keith was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on December 8, 1942 and launched on December 21, the same year. It was commissioned on July 19, 1943 under Lt. Cmdr. D. Cochran’s command as DE-241 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on September 20, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 186 people on board and had the main missions in Texas, Norfolk, Bermuda, Charleston, Panama Canal, Pearl Harbor or Guantanamo. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 1, 1972 and sold for scrapping in 1973. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Keith received 1 battle star.