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USS Richmond K. Turner was a Leahy-class cruiser destroyer laid down on January 9, 1961 and launched on April 6, 1963. It was commissioned on June 13, the following year under Capt. Douglas C. Plate’s command as DLG-20 and served in the US Navy for 31 years until it was decommissioned on March 31, 1995. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 445 people on board and had the main missions in San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Panama Canal, Guantanamo Bay, Subic Bay, Yokosuka, California or Bath. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 31, 1995 and sunk as target during training exercises in 1998. For the services brought to the country during the Vietnam War, USS Richmond K. Turner received 8 battle stars.