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USS McLanahan was a Benson-class destroyer laid down on May 29, 1941 and launched on September 2, the following year. It was commissioned on December 19, 1942 under Lt. Comdr. H. R. Hummer’s command with the hull number DD-615 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on February 2, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 259 people on board and had the main missions in San Diego, Norfolk, Maine, Algeria, Oran, Gela, Naples, Monte Carlo or San Remo. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1971 and sold for scrapping in 1974. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS McLanahan received 4 battle stars.