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USS Colahan is a Fletcher-class destroyer laid down on October 24, 1942 and launched on May 3, the following year. It was commissioned on August 23, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. D. T. Wilber’s command with the hull number DD-658 and it served in the US Navy for 23 years before it was decommissioned and struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1966. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 319 people on board and had the main missions in Kwajalein, Pearl Harbor, Guam, Hainan, Formosa, Nansei Shoto, Iwo Jima, San Pedro Bay, Tokyo Bay, Sagami Wan or Okinawa. It was used as a target during training exercises on December 18, 1966. For the service brought to the country during the World War II, USS Colahan received 8 battle stars and another 5 for the Korean activity.