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USS Major was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on August 16, 1943 and launched on October 23, the same year. It was commissioned on February 12, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. O. W. Goepner’s command with the hull number DE-796 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on March 13, 1948. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 186 men on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Cuba, Trinidad, Maine, Yorktown, Bizerte or Boston. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on December 1, 1972 and sold for scrapping one year later.