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USS Benham is a Fletcher-class destroyer laid down on April 23, 1943 and launched on August 30, the same year. It was commissioned on December 20, 1943 under Comdr. Erle V. Dennet’s command with the hull number DD-796 and it served in the US Navy for 12 years before it was decommissioned on June 30, 1960. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 329 people on board and had the main missions in New York, Panama Canal, Sasebo, Ceylon, Aden, Naples or Newport. It was loaned to Peru where it was renamed Villar and scrapped in 1980. For the services brought to the country, USS Benham received 8 battle stars for the World War II service.