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USS Peterson was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on February 28, 1943 and launched on May 15, the same year. It was commissioned on September 29, 1943 under Lt. Cmdr. Richard F. Rea’s command as DE-152 and served in the US Navy for 22 years until it was decommissioned in June 1965. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had the main missions in Texas, Bermuda, Pearl Harbor, Guantanamo, Panama Canal, Wakayama, Liverpool, Saipan, Culebra Island, New York, San Diego or Plymouth Sound. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1973 and sold for scrapping to Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service in 1974. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Peterson received 1 battle star.