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USS Richey was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on April 19, 1943 and launched on June 30, the same year. It was commissioned on October 30, 1943 under Comdr. Peter D. Mills’ command with the hull number DE-385 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned in January 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, New York, Norfolk, Casablanca, Oran, Bizerte, Belfast, Londonderry, France, Cuba, the Panama Canal, Adak, Ominato, Okinawa or Honshu. 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.