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USS Magpie was a Firecrest-class coastal minesweeper launched in 1936. It was commissioned on March 28, 1941 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on October 6, 1944. During its activity, the ship had the main missions within the 15th Naval District, removing the mines located in the minefields in the water so that other ships could pass safely. It operated from Balboa, Panama until San Diego, California. On December 22, 1944 the ship was struck from the Naval Register and delivered to the War Shipping Administration the following year on February 5.