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USS Roche was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on October 21, 1943 and launched on January 9, 1944. It was commissioned on February 21, the same year under Lt. Robert E. Parker’s command with the hull number DE-197 and served in the US Navy for almost 2 years until it struck a mine on September 22, 1945. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, New York, Maine, England, Gibraltar, Cuba, Tokyo Bay, Eniwetok or Ulithi. After the sinking, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 5, 1946.