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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, United Kingdom, North Africa, New England, southern France, Corsica, Sagami Wan or 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 the World War II, USS Runels received 1 battle star.