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DE 680My dad served as a a supply officer (Lieutenant JG) on the USS Loesser-DE680 during WWII. Following a shakedown cruise off Bermuda, the new destroyer escort departed from Norfolk on December 11, 1943, for Pearl Harbor. Over a 21-month period, it sailed to Funafuti, Ellice Islands; Guadalcanal; Efate, New Hebrides; Espirito Santo; Solomon Islands; Sydney; Purvis Bay, Florida Islands; Guam; Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands; Manus, Admiralty Islands; New Guinea; Subic Bay; Leyte; Ulithi, Caroline Islands; Iwo Jima; and finally back to San Francisco on September 3, 1945. During that time it engaged in numerous escort operations and antisubmarine patrols, but fortunately was never hit.

See photo of artifacts at the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum.

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