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USS Riddle was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on July 29, 1943 and launched on October 17, the same year. It was commissioned on November 17, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. Roland H. Cramer’s command with the hull number DE-185 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned in June 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Panama Canal, the Marshall Islands, Roi Namur, Kwajalein, Majuro Atoll, Pearl Harbor, Manus Island, Seeadler Harbor, Leyte Gulf, Philippine Island, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Saipan, Guam or Hawaii. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck on September 26, 1950 and transferred to France, where it was renamed Kabyle. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Riddle received 12 battle stars.