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USS Steele was an Evarts-class destroyer escort laid down on January 27, 1942 and launched on January 9, the following year. It was commissioned on May 4, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. Mark E. Dennett’s command with the hull number DE-8 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on November 21, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 198 people on board and had the main missions in California, Boston, Kusaie Island, the Solomons, Majuro, Peleliu, Tarawa, Leyte, Eniwetok, San Pedro, Apra Harbor, Saipan, Ulithi or the Philippines. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 5, 1945. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Steele received 2 battle stars.