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USS Compton was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on March 28, 1944 as DD-705 and launched on September 17, the same year. It was commissioned on November 4, 1944 under Commander R. O. Strange’s command and served in the US Navy for 28 years until it was decommissioned on September 17, 1972. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Norfolk, Kwajalein, Eniwetok, Ulithi, Okinawa, Leyte, Guam, Sagami Wan, Tokyo Bay, Newport or Guantanamo Bay. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on September 27, 1972 and transferred to Brazil the same day where it was renamed Mato Grosso. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Compton received one battle star.