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USS Oberrender was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on November 8, 1943 and launched on January 18, the following year. It was commissioned on May 11, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. Samuel Spencer’s command as DE-344 and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on July 11, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had the main missions in Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, the Marshalls, Manus, Leyte, Morotai, Seeadler, Kerama Retto or the Netherlands East Indies. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 25, 1945 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 Oberrender received three battle stars.