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USS Purdy was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on December 22, 1943 as DD-734 and launched on July 18, the following year. It was commissioned on July 18, 1944 under Comdr. Frank L. Johnson’s command and served in the US Navy for 29 years until it was decommissioned in 1973. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Trinidad, Guam, Hawaii, Maine, Boston, Korea, Greece or Chile. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1973 and sold for scrapping the following year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Purdy received 1 battle star and another 3 for the activity during the Korean War.