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USS Rhodes was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on April 19, 1943 and launched on June 29, the same year. It was commissioned on October 25, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. E. A. Coffin’s command with the hull number DE-384 and served in the US Navy for 20 years until it was decommissioned on July 10, 1963. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, New York, Norfolk, Kuriles, Oran, Bizerte, Newport, France, Argentia, the Panama Canal, Adak, Okinawa or Boston. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1974 and sold for scrapping to Union Minerals and Alloys Corporation in New York the following year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Rhodes received 1 battle star.