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USS Kirkpatrick was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on March 15, 1943 and launched on June 5, the same year. It was commissioned on October 23, 1943 under Lt. Cmdr. V. E. Bakanas’ command as DE-318 and served in the US Navy for 17 years until it was decommissioned on June 24, 1960. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had the main missions in Texas, Norfolk, New York, Guantanamo, Charleston, Sasebo, Newport, British Isles or Green Cove Springs. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1974 and sold for scrapping on March 12, 1975.