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USS Soley was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on April 18, 1944 as DD-707 and launched on September 8, the same year. It was commissioned on December 7, 1944 under Commander John S. Lewis’ command and served in the US Navy for 26 years until it was decommissioned on February 13, 1970. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Norfolk, San Diego, the Marshalls, Kusaie Island, the Gilberts, Wake Island, Yokosuka or Korea. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on July 1, 1970 and assigned to a fleet training exercise. For the services brought to the country during the Korean War, USS Soley received one battle star.