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USS Richard W. Suesens was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on November 1, 1943 and launched on January 11, the following year. It was commissioned on April 26, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. Milford McQuilkin’s command as DE-342 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on January 15, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 222 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Newport, Panama Canal, Manus, Leyte, Samar, Seeadler, Kerama Retto, Nasugbu or Mindoro. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 15, 1972 and sold for scrapping to the National Metal and Steel Corporation in Terminal Island the following year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Richard W. Suesens received 5 battle stars.