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USS Murphy was a Benson-class destroyer laid down on May 19, 1941 and launched on April 29, the following year. It was commissioned on July 25, 1942 under Lt. Comdr. Leonard W. Bailey’s command with the hull number DD-603 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on March 9, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 265 people on board and had the main missions in Halifax, Norfolk, Fedhala, Maine, Panama or Saudi Arabia. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 1, 1970 and sold for scrapping in 1972. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Murphy received 4 battle stars.