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USS Straus was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on November 18, 1943 and launched on December 30, the same year. It was commissioned on April 6, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. D. A. Nienstedt’s command as DE-408 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on January 15, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had the main missions in Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, Bermuda, Norfolk, Aruba, Okinawa, Sasebo, Ulithi, the Palaus or San Diego. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 1, 1966 and used as a target ship during training exercises in 1973. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Straus received 3 battle stars.