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USS Aaron Ward was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on December 12, 1943 and launched on May 5, the following year. It was commissioned on October 28, 1944 under Comdr. William H. Sanders’ command with the hull number DD-34 and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on September 28, 1945. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 363 people on board and had the main missions in California, Pearl Harbor, Ulithi, Okinawa, Saipan, San Pedro or Guam. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register and sold for scrapping a year later. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Aaron Ward received one battle star and the Presidential Unit Citation.