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USS Osterhaus was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on November 11, 1942 and launched on April 18, the following year. It was commissioned on June 12, 1943 under Comdr. Rowland H. Groff’s command with the hull number DE-164 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on June 26, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had the main missions in New York, Espiritu Santo, Pearl Harbor, New Caledonia, New Hebrides, Guadalcanal, the Solomons, Saipan, Eniwetok, the Marshalls, the Fijis or Bougainville. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on November 1, 1972 and sold for scrapping in 1974. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Osterhaus received 3 battle stars.