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USS Wesson was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on July 29, 1943 and launched on October 17, the same year. It was commissioned on November 11, 1943 under Comdr. H. Reich’s command with the hull number DE-184 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on July 25, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had the main missions in New York, Bermuda, Panama, Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, Kwajalein Atoll, Balboa, Roi Namur, Eniwetok, Leyte or Iwo Jima. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred to Italy in 1951 where it was renamed Andromeda. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Wesson received 7 battle stars.