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USS Nields was a Benson-class destroyer laid down on June 15, 1942 and launched on October 1, the same year. It was commissioned on January 15, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. Albert R. Heckey’s command with the hull number DD-616 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on March 26, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 259 people on board and had the main missions in Aruba, Netherlands West Indies, Cristobal, Norfolk, New York, North Africa or Maine. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 15, 1970 and sold for scrapping in 1972 to the Southern Scrap Material Company in New Orleans. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Nields received 3 battle stars.