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USS Shannon was a Robert H. Smith-class destroyer minelayer laid down on February 14, 1944 as DD-737 and launched on June 24, the same year as DM-25. It was commissioned on September 8, 1944 under Comdr. E. L. Foster’s command and served in the US Navy for 11 years until it was decommissioned in October 24, 1955. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 363 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Norfolk, Hawaii, Saipan, Okinawa, Kerama Retto or Iwo Jima. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 1, 1970 and sold for scrapping in 1973. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Shannon received 4 battle stars.