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USS Stafford was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on November 29, 1943 and launched on January 11, the following year. It was commissioned on April 19, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. V. H. Craig’s command as DE-411 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on May 16, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had the main missions in Galveston, Pearl Harbor, Boston, Balboa, Majuro, Saipan, Norfolk, Panama Canal, San Diego, Bermuda, Kwajalein, Kossol Roads or Manila Bay. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 15, 1972 and sold for scrapping to National Metal and Steel Company the following year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Stafford received 2 battle stars.