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USS Allen M. Sumner was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on July 7, 1943 as DD-692 and launched on December 15, the same year. It was commissioned on January 26, 1944 under Commander Norman J. Sampson’s command and served in the US Navy for 29 years until it was decommissioned on August 15, 1973. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Norfolk, Luzon, San Pedro, Saipan, San Diego, Korea or Vietnam. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold for scrapping. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Allen M. Sumner received 2 battle stars, one battle star for the activity during the Korean War and another 2 for the Vietnam War.