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John C. Butler Class Destroyer
USN October 1944
Built by Brown Shipbuilding Company in Houston, Texas. Laid down December 6, 1943. Launched on January 20, 1944. Commissioned April 28, 1944. Named in honor of Coxswain Samuel Booker Roberts, Jr., who earned the Navy Cross and sponsored by Mrs. Samuel B. Roberts. Assigned to captain Lieutenant Commander Robert W. Copeland, USNR.
Following shakedown off Bermuda from May 21 - June 19. On July 22, 1944 departed Norfolk, Virginia and traveled via the Panama Canal on July 27 and proceeded to Pearl Harbor arriving on August 10 and joined the Pacific Fleet.
After further training, the ship got underway on September 21 escorting another convoy to Eniwetok and arriving on September 30. Afterwards, proceeded to Manus Island and joined Task Unit 77.4.3, "Taffy 3" and proceeded to the Leyte Gulf area and commenced operations with the Northern Air Support Group off Samar Island.
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