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USS William T. Powell was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on August 26, 1943 and launched on November 27, the same year. It was commissioned twice, the first time on March 28, 1944 under Lt. James L. Davenport’s command with the hull number DE-213 and served in the US Navy for 13 years until it was decommissioned for the last time on January 17, 1958. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and it had the main missions in Bermuda, Panama, Casco Bay, Newfoundland, Texas or Guantanamo Bay. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 1, 1965. Several months later, in October, the ship was sold to the North American Smelting Company in Delaware.