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USS Silverstein was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on October 8, 1943 and launched on November 8, the same year. It was commissioned on July 14, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. F. A. Reece’s command as DE-534 and served in the US Navy for 11 years until it was decommissioned on January 30, 1959. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Miami, Boston, Ulithi, Hong Kong, Midway, Yokosuka, Sasebo or San Pedro. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 1, 1972 and sold for scrapping to Levin Metals Corporation in San Jose the following year. For the services brought to the country, USS Silverstein received 5 battle stars.