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USS Swenning was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on July 17, 1943 and launched on September 13, the same year. It was commissioned on December 1, 1943 under Lt. Richard E. Peek’s command with the hull number DE-394 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on September 25, 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, Casablanca, the Panama Canal, Pearl Harbor, Florida, Guantanamo, Eniwetok or Casco Bay. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1972 and sold for scrapping to Northern Metals Corporation in Philadelphia in 1974.