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USS Pennewill was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on April 26, 1943 and launched on August 8, the same year. It was commissioned on September 15, 1943 under Lt. John Edward Allen’s command with the hull number DE-175 and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on August 1, 1944. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had the main missions in Trinidad, Brazil, Recife, San Juan, Bahia or the West Indies. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 20, 1953 and transferred to Brazil the same year where it was renamed Bertioga. A few years later, in 1964, the ship was scrapped.