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USS Lewis was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on November 3, 1943 and launched on December 7, the same year. It was commissioned on September 5, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. Robert H. Stevens’ command as DE-535 and served in the US Navy for 10 years until it was decommissioned on May 27, 1960. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Manus, Boston, Casco Maine, Hong Kong, Midway, Yokosuka, Sasebo or San Pedro. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 1, 1966 and used as a target ship during training exercises the same year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Lewis received 3 battle stars and another 1 for the Korean War.