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USS De Haven was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on August 9, 1943 as DD-727 and launched on January 9, the following year. It was commissioned on March 31, 1944 under Commander John B. Dimmick’s command and served in the US Navy for 29 years until it was decommissioned in 1973. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Pearl Harbor, Ulithi, Eniwetok, Iwo Jima, Leyte, Korea, Beijing or Sasebo. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 3, 1973 and sold to South Korea where it was renamed Incheon. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS De Haven received 5 battle stars and another 6 for the Korean activity.