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USS Collett was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on October 11, 1943 as DD-730 and launched on March 5, the following year. It was commissioned on May 16, 1944 under Commander James D. Collett’s command and served in the US Navy for 26 years until it was decommissioned on December 18, 1970. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Luzon, Formosa, Ulithi, Taiwan, China, Leyte, Korea, San Diego or Sasebo. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on February 1, 1974 and sold to Argentina where it was renamed ARA Piedrabuena. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Collett received 6 battle stars and another 6 for the Korean activity.