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USS Putnam was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on July 11, 1943 and launched on March 26, the following year. It was commissioned on October 12, 1944 under Comdr. Frederick V. H. Hilles’ command with the hull number DD-757 and served in the US Navy for 29 years until it was decommissioned on August 6, 1973. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Pearl Harbor, the Marianas, Eniwetok, Saipan, Tinian or Iwo Jima. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List the same day and sold for scrapping in 1974. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Putnam received 3 battle stars.