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USS Wilhoite was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on August 4, 1943 and launched on October 5, the same year. It was commissioned on December 16, 1943 under Lt. Eli B. Roth’s command with the hull number DE-397 and served in the US Navy for 26 years until it was decommissioned on July 2, 1969. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Charleston, New York, Norfolk, Guantanamo, the Panama Canal, Pearl Harbor, Saipan, Okinawa, Guam, Da Nang or Casco Bay. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 2, 1969 and sold for scrapping to General Metals Corporation in Tacoma in 1972. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Wilhoite received 1 battle star and another 6 for the Vietnam service.