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USS Reuben James was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on September 7, 1942 and launched on February 6, the next year. It was commissioned on April 1, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. Frank D. Giambattista’s command with the hull number DE-153 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on October 11, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and it had the main missions in Norfolk, New York, North Atlantic, Houston, Algeria or the Caribbean. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on June 30, 1968. Three years later, on March 1, 1971 USS Reuben James sank as target.