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USS Sterett was a Benham-class destroyer laid down on December 2, 1936 and launched on October 27, 1938. It was commissioned on August 15, the following year under Lt. Comdr. Atherton Macondray’s command with the hull number DD-407 and served in the US Navy for 6 years until it was decommissioned on November 2, 1945. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 251 people on board and had the main missions in Charleston, Cuba, Maine, Iceland, Malta or Guadalcanal. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on February 25, 1947 and sold for scrapping the same year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Sterett received 12 battle stars, the United States Presidential Unit and the Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation.