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USS Thornhill was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on October 7, 1943 and launched on December 30, the same year. It was commissioned on February 1, 1944 under Lt. John B. Shumway’s command with the hull number DE-195 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on June 17, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, New York, France, England, North Africa, Cuba, the Marshalls, Eniwetok or Hawaii. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred to Italy in 1951 where it was renamed Aldebaran.