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USS William C. Cole was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on September 5, 1943 and launched on December 29, the same year. It was commissioned on May 12, 1944 under Lt. Clay Harrold’s command with the hull number DE-641 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on March 18, 1948. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and it had the main missions in Majuro, the Marshalls, Kwajalein, Manus, the Admiralty, Guadalcanal, Cape Torokina or New Caledonia. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1972. Several months later, the ship was sold for scrapping. For the services brought to the country during the occupation of Okinawa, USS William C. Cole received 1 battle star.