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USS Picking was a Fletcher-class destroyer laid down on November 24, 1942 and launched on June 1, the following year. It was commissioned on September 21, 1943 under Comdr. Raymond S. Lamb’s command with the hull number DD-685 and it served in the US Navy for 26 years before it was decommissioned on September 6, 1969. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 329 people on board and had the main missions in San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, Oahu, Long Beach, South Vietnam, Newport, Derry or Kerama Retto. It was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1975 and used as a target during training exercises in 1997. For the service brought to the country during the World War II, USS Picking received 5 battle stars and another 1 for the Korean activity.