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USS Raymond was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on November 3, 1943 and launched on January 8, the following year. It was commissioned on April 15, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. A. F. Beyer’s command as DE-341 and served in the US Navy for 14 years until it was decommissioned on September 22, 1958. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 186 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Newport, Panama Canal, Manus, Leyte, Samar, San Diego, Kerama Retto, Eniwetok, Tinian or Saipan. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1972 and used as a target ship during training exercises in 1974. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Raymond received 5 battle stars and a Presidential Unit Citation.