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USS Kimberly was a Fletcher-class destroyer laid down on July 27, 1942 and launched on February 4, the following year. It was commissioned on May 22, 1943 under Comdr. Harry W. Smith’s command with the hull number DD-521 and it served in the US Navy for 11 years before it was decommissioned on January 15, 1954. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Tokyo Bay, Guantanamo Bay, Luzon, Kurile, Manus, Leyte, Attu, Okinawa, Charleston or San Francisco. It was struck from the Navy List on January 25, 1974 although it was loaned prior to Taiwan in 1967 where it was renamed ROCS An Yang DD-18. For the service brought to the country during the World War II, USS Kimberly received 5 battle stars and another 1 for the Korean service.