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USS Kenneth M. Willett was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on January 10, 1944 and launched on March 7, the same year. It was commissioned on July 19, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. J. M. Stuart’s command as DE-354 and served in the US Navy for 10 years until it was decommissioned on February 26, 1959. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had the main missions in Okinawa, Norfolk, Panama Canal, Hollandia, Bermuda, Manila, Ulithi, Tokyo, Ryukyus, San Juan, New Orleans or Leyte. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 6, 1974 and used as a target ship during training exercises in 1974.