The USS Runels was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on June 7, 1943, and launched on September 4, the same year. It was commissioned on January 3, 1944, under Lt. Comdr. H. G. Claudius’ command with the hull number DE-793 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on February 10, 1947. Meanwhile, the ship was reclassified as a high-speed transport with the hull number APD-85. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and it had the main missions in Bermuda, the United Kingdom, North Africa, New England, southern France, Corsica, Sagami Wan, and Japan. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on June 1, 1960. One year later, it was sold for scrapping to the Portsmouth Salvage Co. in Portsmouth, Virginia. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Runels received 1 battle star. If you served on the USS Runels you might have been exposed to asbestos. If you experience respiratory issues or have been diagnosed with cancer there might be monetary compensation for you.