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USS Willis was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on July 17, 1943 and launched on September 14, the same year. It was commissioned on December 10, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. G. R. Atterbury’s command with the hull number DE-395 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on June 14, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Charleston, New York, Norfolk, Maine, the Panama Canal, Pearl Harbor, Florida, Azores, Bayonne or Casco Bay. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1972 and sold for scrapping to Edward O. Sanchez in New Bedford the same year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Willis received 1 battle star.