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USS Maurice J. Manuel was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on December 22, 1943 and launched on February 19, the following year. It was commissioned on June 30, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. William M. Lowry’s command as DE-351 and served in the US Navy for 8 years until it was decommissioned on October 30, 1957. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had the main missions in Norfolk, New Guinea, Ulithi, Marseilles, Leyte, Okinawa, Manila, Panama Canal, Argentia or San Diego. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 1, 1966 and used as a target ship during training exercises the same year.