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USS Samuel S. Miles was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on July 5, 1943 and launched on October 3, the same year. It was commissioned on November 4, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. George B. Coale’s command with the hull number DE-183 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on March 28, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had the main missions in New York, Bermuda, Panama, New Guinea, the Marshall Islands or Iwo Jima. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred to France in 1950 where it was renamed Arabe. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Samuel S. Miles received 8 battle stars.