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USS Laffey was a Benson-class destroyer laid down on January 13, 1941 and launched on October 30, the same year. It was commissioned on March 31, 1942 under Lt. Comdr. William E. Hank’s command with the hull number DD-459 and served in the US Navy for 6 months until it was lost in action on November 13, 1942. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 208 people on board and had the main missions in Pearl Harbor, Efate, Noumea, Guadalcanal or Lunga Point. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Laffey received 3 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation.