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USS Stockdale was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on August 31, 1943 and launched on October 30, the same year. It was commissioned on December 31, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. R. W. Luther’s command with the hull number DE-399 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on April 18, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Charleston, New York, Norfolk, Guantanamo, the United Kingdom, Pearl Harbor, Rabaul, Panama Canal, Admiralty Islands, Guam or Honshu. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1972 and used as a target ship during training exercises in 1974. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Stockdale received 1 battle star.