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USS Richard S. Bull was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on August 18, 1943 and launched on November 16, the same year. It was commissioned on February 26, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. A. W. Gardes’ command as DE-402 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned in March 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had the main missions in Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, Morotai, Leyte, Manus, Boston, Panama Canal, Kossol Roads or Ulithi. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 30, 1968 and used as a target ship during training exercises the following year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Richard S. Bull received 5 battle stars.