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USS Robert H. Smith was a Robert H. Smith-class destroyer minelayer laid down on January 10, 1944 as DD-735 and launched on May 25, the same year as DM-23. It was commissioned on August 4, 1944 under Comdr. Henry Farrow’s command and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned in January 29, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 363 people on board and had the main missions in the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea, Ulithi, Okinawa or Iwo Jima. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on February 26, 1971. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Robert H. Smith received 5 battle stars.