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USS Benjamin Stoddert was a Charles F. Adams-class guided missile destroyer laid down on June 11, 1962 and launched on January 8, the following year. It was commissioned on September 12, 1964 under Comdr. Walter Megginness’ command with the hull number DDG-22 and served in the US Navy for 27 years until it was decommissioned on December 20, 1991. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 354 people on board and had the main missions in San Francisco, San Diego, Kauai, Pearl Harbor, Viet Cong, Yokosuka, the Admiralty Islands, Sidney, Wellington, Honolulu, Kwajalein, Singapore or Midway Island. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 20, 1992 and sunken in 2001. For the services brought to the country during the Vietnam War, USS Benjamin Stoddert received 9 battle stars, 1 Combat Action Ribbon and the Meritorious Unit Citation.