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USS Savage was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on April 30, 1943 and launched on July 15, the same year. It was commissioned on October 29, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. Oscar C. Rohnke’s command with the hull number DE-386 and served in the US Navy for 26 years until it was decommissioned on October 17, 1969. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had the main missions in Norfolk, Boston, Pearl Harbor, Seattle, New York, Far East, Okinawa, Tsingtao or Green Cove Springs. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 1, 1975 and used as a target ship during training exercises in 1982. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Savage received 1 battle star and another 6 for the Vietnam service.