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USS Meade was a Benson-class destroyer laid down on March 25, 1941 and launched on February 15, the following year. It was commissioned on June 22, 1942 under Lt. Comdr. R. S. Lamb’s command with the hull number DD-602 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on June 17, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 268 people on board and had the main missions in Cuba, Tongatapu, Noumea, Guadalcanal, Tulagi, Savo Islands or Tarawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 1, 1971 and sunken as a target during training exercises in 1973. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Meade received 9 battle stars.