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USS Bancroft was a Benson-class destroyer launched on December 31, 1941. It was commissioned on April 30, the following year under Lt. Comdr. J. L. Melgaard’s command with the hull number DD-598 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on February 1, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 276 people on board and had the main missions in Dutch Harbor, Aleutian Islands, Attu, Kiska, Kwajalein, Okinawa and Japan. After the decommissioning, the ship was sold for scrapping in 1973. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Bancroft received 8 battle stars.