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USS Pillsbury was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on July 18, 1942 and launched on January 10, the following year. It was commissioned for the first time on June 7, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. W. Parker’s command with the hull number DE-133 and served in the US Navy for 9 years until it was decommissioned for the last time on June 20, 1960. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had the main missions in Casablanca, Gibraltar, Norfolk, Cape Verde islands or Guadalcanal. After the last decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1965 and sold for scrapping to Boston Metals Company in Baltimore the following year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Pillsbury received 5 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation.