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USS English was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on October 19, 1943 as DD-696 and launched on February 27, the following year. It was commissioned on May 14, 1944 under Commander James Thomas Smith’s command and served in the US Navy for 26 years until it was decommissioned on May 15, 1970. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Pearl Harbor, Formosa or Ulithi. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register and sold to Taiwan on August 11, 1970 where it was renamed ROCS Huei Yang. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS English received 4 battle stars and another 4 battle stars for the activity during the Korean War.