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USS James C. Owens was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on April 9, 1944 and launched on October 1, the same year. It was commissioned on February 17, 1945 under Comdr. R. H. Blair’s command with the hull number DD-776 and served in the US Navy for 28 years until it was decommissioned on July 15, 1973. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Newport, New England, New York, Norfolk or Boston. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on July 15, 1973 and sold to Brazil the same day where it was renamed Sergipe. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS James C. Owens received two battle stars and another two battle stars for the activity during the Korean War.