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USS Sturtevant was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on July 15, 1942 and launched on December 3, the same year. It was commissioned on June 16, 1943 under Lt. Cmdr. Frederick W. Hawes’ command as DE-239 and served in the US Navy for 17 years until it was decommissioned in June 1960. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had the main missions in Texas, Bermuda, Pearl Harbor, Casablanca, Gibraltar, Derry, Liverpool, Cardiff, Casco Bay, New York, San Diego or Rhode Island. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 1, 1972 and sold for scrapping to National Metal and Steel Corporation in Terminal Island the following year.