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USS Shea was a Robert H. Smith-class destroyer minelayer laid down on December 23, 1943 and launched on May 20, the following year. It was commissioned on September 30, 1944 under Comdr. Charles C. Kirkpatrick’s command with the hull number DD-750 and served in the US Navy for 14 years until it was decommissioned on April 9, 1958. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 363 people on board and had the main missions in Norfolk, Earle, Bayonne, Bermuda, Eniwetok, Kerama Retto or San Diego. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold for scrapping in 1974. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Shea received 1 battle star.