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USS Kretchmer was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on June 28, 1943 and launched on August 31, the same year. It was commissioned on December 13, 1943 under Lt. R. C. Wing’s command with the hull number DE-329 and served in the US Navy for 39 years until it was decommissioned on October 1, 1973. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Charleston, Naples, Curacao, Guam, Newport, Vietnam, Hong Kong or Florida. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 30, 1973 and sold for scrapping the following year.