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USS Walton was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on March 21, 1944 and launched on May 20, the same year. It was commissioned on September 4, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. Wilbur S. Wills’ command as DE-361 and served in the US Navy for 19 years until it was decommissioned on September 20, 1968. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Okinawa, Norfolk, Luzon, Formosa, San Diego, Hollandia, San Pedro or Jinsen. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 23, 1968 and sunk as a target ship during training exercises the following year. For the services brought to the country during the Korean War, USS Walton received 2 battle stars.