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USS Oliver Mitchell was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on January 3, 1944 and launched on February 8, the same year. It was commissioned on June 14, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. Kenneth J. Barclay’s command as DE-417 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on April 24, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had the main missions in San Diego, Kerama Retto, Guam, Bermuda, Okinawa, Leyte or Iwo Jima. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 15, 1972 and sold for scrapping the following year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Oliver Mitchell received 5 battle stars.