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USS Gillespie was a Benson-class destroyer launched on November 1, 1942. It was commissioned on September 18, the same year under Lt. Comdr. C. L. Clement’s command with the hull number DD-609 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on April 17, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 261 people on board and had the main missions in the Aleutian Islands, Great Sitkin, San Diego, California, Panama Canal, Norfolk or French Morocco. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1971. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Gillespie received 9 battle stars.