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USS Manley was a Caldwell-class destroyer laid down on August 22, 1916 and launched on August 23, the following year. It was commissioned for the first time on October 15, 1918 under Comdr. Robert L. Berry’s command with the hull number DD-74 and served in the US Navy for 20 years until it was decommissioned for the last time on November 19, 1945. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 100 people on board and had the main missions in the Caribbean, New York, Charleston, Newport, New Hebrides, Tulagi or Manus. It was also reclassified as a miscellaneous auxiliary AG-28 in 1938 and as a high-speed transport APD-1 in 1940. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 5, 1945 and sold for scrapping to the Northern Metal Company in Philadelphia the following year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Manley received 5 battle stars and a Navy Unit Commendation.