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USS Halsey Powell was a Fletcher-class destroyer laid down on February 3, 1943 and launched on June 30, the same year. It was commissioned on October 25, 1943 under Comdr. W. T. McGarry’s command with the hull number DD-686 and it served in the US Navy for 25 years before it was decommissioned on April 26, 1968. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Norfolk, Eniwetok, Ulithi, San Diego or Okinawa. It was struck from the Navy List on June 2, 1975 although it was prior transferred to South Korea in 1968 where it was renamed ROKC Seoul. For the service brought to the country during the World War II, USS Halsey Powell received 7 battle stars and another 2 for the Korean activity.