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USS Prairie was a Dixie-class destroyer tender laid down on December 7, 1938 and launched on December 9, the following year. It was commissioned on August 5, 1940 under Capt. J. B. W. Waller’s command with the hull number AD-15 and served in the US Navy for 53 years until it was decommissioned on March 26, 1993. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 698 people on board and had the main missions in Boston, Argentia, the Marshalls, Majuro Atoll, Tarawa, Pearl Harbor, Ulithi or San Diego. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on the same day and sold for scrapping.