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USS Robert E. Peary was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on June 30, 1942 and launched on January 3, the following year. It was commissioned on May 31, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. Kerfoot B. Smith’s command with the hull number DE-132 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on June 13, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, North Africa, Casablanca, Norfolk, the United Kingdom, France, New London, Florida or New York. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1966 and sold for scrapping to Lipsett Inc. in New York the following year.