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USS Monssen was a Fletcher-class destroyer laid down on June 1, 1943 and launched on October 30, the same year. It was commissioned on February 14, 1944 under Comdr. Bernhart A. Feutsch’s command with the hull number DD-798 and it served in the US Navy for 8 years before it was decommissioned on December 11, 1957. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 319 people on board and had the main missions in Luzon, Kurile, Manus, Leyte, Eniwetok, Okinawa or San Francisco. It was struck from the Navy List on February 1, 1963 and sold for scrapping to the Union Minerals & Alloys Corporation in New York in 1963. For the service brought to the country during the World War II, USS Monssen received 8 battle stars.