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USS O’Brien was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on July 12, 1943 as DD-725 and launched on December 8, the same year. It was commissioned on February 25, 1944 under Commander P. F. Heerbrandt’s command and served in the US Navy for 28 years until it was decommissioned on February 18, 1972. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Scotland, Cherbourg, Isle of Portland, Korea, Tokyo or Vietnam. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register and sunken as a target. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS O’Brien received 6 battle stars, 5 for Korea and another 3 for Vietnam.