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USS Beale is a Fletcher-class destroyer laid down on December 19, 1941 and launched on August 24, the following year. It was commissioned on December 23, 1942 under Comdr. Joe B. Cochran’s command with the hull number DD-471 and it served in the US Navy for 26 years before it was decommissioned on September 30, 1968. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 329 people on board and had the main missions in Charleston, Panama Canal, Sasebo, Nagasaki, Plymouth, Naples or Newport. It was struck from the Navy List on October 1, 1968 and it was used as a target during training exercises the following year. For the services brought to the country, USS Beale received 6 battle stars for the World War II service and another 1 for the Vietnam activity.