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USS Merrill was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on July 1, 1943 and launched on August 29, the same year. It was commissioned on November 27, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. Irvin J. Stephens’ command with the hull number DE-392 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on May 1, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Norfolk, Texas, Pearl Harbor or Florida. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 2, 1971 and sold for scrapping in 1974.