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USS Christopher was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on December 7, 1942 and launched on June 19, 1943. It was commissioned on October 23, the same year under Lt. A. W. P. Trench’s command with the hull number DE-100 and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on December 19, 1944. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and it had the main missions in Trinidad or Montevideo. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred to Brazil where it was renamed Benevente and struck from the Naval Register on July 20, 1953. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Christopher received the American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.