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USS Bailey is a Benson-class destroyer laid down on January 29, 1941 and launched on December 19, the same year. It was commissioned on May 11, 1942 under Lt. Comdr. F. D. Karns’ command with the hull number DD-492 and it served in the US Navy for 4 years before it was decommissioned on May 2, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 276 people on board and had the main missions in Charleston, Mindanao, Peleliu, Palaus, Maloelap, Saipan or Tarawa. It was struck from the Navy List on June 1, 1968 and it was used as a target during training exercises the following year. For the services brought to the country, USS Bailey received 9 battle stars for the World War II service.