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USS O’Neill was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on August 26, 1943 and launched on November 14, the same year. It was commissioned on December 6, 1943 under Lt. Davis S. Bill’s command with the hull number DE-188 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on May 2, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had the main missions in the United Kingdom, New York, Maine, Belfast, Casablanca, Bizerte, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, the Panama Canal, San Diego or the Philippines. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck on December 20, 1950 and transferred to the Netherlands, where it was renamed Dubois.