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USS Vammen was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on August 1, 1943 and launched on May 21, 1944. It was commissioned four times, the first time on July 27, 1944 under Lt. Comdr. L. M. King’s command with the hull number DE-644 and served in the US Navy for 25 years until it was decommissioned for the last time on July 12, 1969. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and it had the main missions in San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Funafuti, Espiritu Santo, the Marshalls, Ulithi, Kossol Roads, the Palaus, Leyte, Okinawa or San Pedro Bay. It also participated in the Korean War. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 12, 1969. One year and a half later, on February 18, 1971 the ship sank as a target. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Vammen received 1 battle star and 1 engagement star for the services during the Korean War.