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USS Kephart was a Buckley-class destroyer escort launched on September 6, 1943. It was commissioned on January 7, 1944 under Lt. Comdr. I. H. Cammarn’s command with the hull number DE-207 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 21, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 186 men on board and it had the main missions in Gibraltar, Tunisia, New Guinea, Leyte, Palaus, Ormoc, Mindoro, Cebu or Borneo. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on May 1, 1967 and transferred to the Military Assistance Program in Korea, where it was renamed Kyong Puk. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Kephart received 5 battle stars.