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USS Thomas F. Nickel was a Rudderow-class destroyer escort laid down on December 15, 1943 and launched on January 22, the following year. It was commissioned on June 9, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. Claude S. Farmer’s command as DE-587 and served in the US Navy for 12 years until it was decommissioned on February 26, 1958. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 221 people on board and had the main missions in Bizerte, Manus, Panama, Boston, Hollandia, San Pedro, Leyte, Luzon, San Diego or Biak. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 1, 1972 and sold for scrapping to Levin Metals Corporation in San Jose the following year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Thomas F. Nickel received 1 battle star.