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USS Samuel B. Roberts was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on December 6, 1943 and launched on January 20, the following year. It was commissioned on April 28, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. W. Copeland’s command as DE-413 and served in the US Navy for a few months until it was sunk on October 25, the same year during the Battle of Samar. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had the main missions in Boston, Pearl Harbor, Panama Canal, Manus, Leyte or Samar. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Samuel B. Roberts received 1 battle star and a Presidential Unit Citation.