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USS Schmitt was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on February 22, 1943 and launched on May 29, the same year. It was commissioned on July 24, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. T. D. Cunningham’s command with the hull number DE-676 and served in the US Navy for 6 years until it was decommissioned on June 28, 1949. Meanwhile, the ship was reclassified as a high-speed transport, with the hull number APD-75. During its activity, it carried a complement of 213 men on board and it had the main missions in Bermuda, Derry, New London, Hampton Roads, Maui, Borneo, San Pedro, Sasebo or Labrador. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 1, 1967. Several months later, it was sold to Taiwan where it was renamed ROCS Lung Shan (DE-44). For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Schmitt received one battle star.