USS Key was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on December 14, 1943 and launched on February 12, the following year. It was commissioned on June 5, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. F. D. Buckley’s command as DE-348 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on July 9, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had the main missions in Norfolk, Bermuda, New York, Naples, Hollandia, Piso Point, Polloc, New Guinea, Manila, Leyte, Guiuan, Okinawa or Ulithi. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1972 and sold for scrapping the same year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Key received one battle star.