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USS Kalk was a Benson-class destroyer laid down on June 30, 1941 and launched on July 18, the following year. It was commissioned on October 17, 1942 under Lt. Comdr. C. T. Singleton’s command with the hull number DD-611 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on May 3, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 258 people on board and had the main missions in California, San Francisco, the Aleutian Islands, Dutch Harbor, Panama Canal, North Africa, Norfolk, Ulithi or French Morocco. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 1, 1968. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Kalk received 8 battle stars.