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USS Lyman K. Swenson was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on September 11, 1943 as DD-729 and launched on February 12, the following year. It was commissioned on May 2, 1944 under Commander Francis T. Williamson’s command and served in the US Navy for 27 years until it was decommissioned on February 12, 1971. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Ulithi, Luzon, Okinawa, Formosa, Korea, Thailand or Australia. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on February 12, 1971 and sold to Taiwan. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Lyman K. Swenson received 5 battle stars and another 6 for the Korean activity.