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USS Mannert L. Abele was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on December 9, 1943 as DD-733 and launched on April 23, the following year. It was commissioned on July 4, 1944 under Comdr. Alton E. Parker’s command and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was sunk in 1945 during the battle for Okinawa. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Norfolk, Iwo Jima, Eniwetok, Saipan, Boston, Ulithi, Kerama Retto or Ryukyu Islands. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Mannert L. Abele received 2 battle stars.