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USS Traw was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on December 19, 1943 and launched on February 12, the following year. It was commissioned on June 20, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. James T. Kilbreth’s command as DE-350 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 7, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had the main missions in Norfolk, New Guinea, Ulithi, Marseilles, Leyte, Okinawa, Panama Canal, Samar or San Diego. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1967 and used as a target ship during training exercises the same year.