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USS John A. Bole was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on May 20, 1944 and launched on November 1, the same year. It was commissioned on March 3, 1945 under Comdr. E. B. Billingsley’s command with the hull number DD-755 and served in the US Navy for 25 years until it was decommissioned on November 6, 1970. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Cuba, New York, Boston, Hawaii, Okinawa, Wake Island, Eniwetok, the Panama Canal, East China or Vietnam. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on February 1, 1974 and transferred to Taiwan the same year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS John A. Bole received 1 battle star and another 7 battle stars for the activity during the Korean War.