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USS Gushing was a Fletcher-class destroyer laid down on May 3, 1943 and launched on September 30, the same year. It was commissioned on January 17, 1944 under Comdr. Louis F. Volk’s command with the hull number DD-797 and it served in the US Navy for 12 years before it was decommissioned on November 8, 1960. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 329 people on board and had the main missions in Norfolk, Eniwetok, Manila, San Diego or Long Beach. It was struck from the Navy List and loaned to Brazil where it was renamed Parana D29. For the service brought to the country during the Korean War, USS Gushing received 2 battle stars and another 6 for the World War II activity.