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USS Harry E. Yarnell was a Leahy-class guided missile cruiser laid down on May 31, 1960 and launched on December 9, the following year. It was commissioned on February 2, 1963 under Capt. Charles E. Nelson’s command as DLG-18 and served in the US Navy for 30 years until it was decommissioned on October 20, 1993. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 395 people on board and had the main missions in Guantanamo Bay, Norfolk, Amsterdam, the Gulf of Mexico, Boston or Poland. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 29, 1993 and sold for scrapping to Quonset Point in 1995.