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USS Charles S. Sperry was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on October 19, 1943 as DD-697 and launched on March 13, the following year. It was commissioned on May 17, 1944 under Commander H. H. McIlhenny’s command and served in the US Navy for 29 years until it was decommissioned on December 15, 1973. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 276 people on board and had the main missions in Iwo Jima, Okinawa or Ulithi. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register and sold to Chile on January 8, 1974 where it was renamed Ministro Zenteno. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Charles S. Sperry received 4 battle stars and another 4 battle stars for the activity during the Korean War.