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USS Otterstetter was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on November 9, 1942 and launched on January 19, the following year. It was commissioned on August 6, 1943 under Lt. Cmdr. W. B. Porter’s command as DE-244 and served in the US Navy for 17 years until it was decommissioned on June 20, 1960. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had the main missions in Texas, Norfolk, Casablanca, Charleston, Okinawa, New York, Pearl Harbor or Argentia. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1974 and sunk as a target during training exercises in 1976. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Otterstetter received 1 battle star.