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USS Benham was a Benham-class destroyer laid down on September 1, 1936 and launched on April 16, 1938. It was commissioned on February 2, the following year under Rear Admiral T. F. Darden’s command with the hull number DD-397 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was sunk at the Battle of Guadalcanal on November 15, 1942. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 251 people on board and had the main missions in Newfoundland, the Gulf of Mexico, Pearl Harbor, Midway Atoll, Guadalcanal, Tulagi or the Solomons. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Benham received 5 battle stars.