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USS Benson was a Benson-class destroyer laid down on May 16, 1938 and launched on November 15, 1939. It was commissioned on July 25, the following year under Lt. Comdr. Clifford A. Fines’ command with the hull number DD-421 and served in the US Navy for 6 years until it was decommissioned on March 18, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 276 people on board and had the main missions in Newport, San Juan, Bahamas, Suriname, Norfolk or Virginia. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 1, 1974. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Benson received 4 battle stars.