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USS Waddell was a Charles F. Adams-class guided missile armed destroyer laid down on February 6, 1962 and launched on February 26, the following year. It was commissioned on August 28, 1964 with the hull number DDG-24 and served in the US Navy for 28 years until it was decommissioned on October 1, 1992. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 354 people on board and had the main missions in Vietnam, California, the Philippines, Sasebo, Okinawa or the Sea of Japan. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 1, 1992 and sold to Greece where it as renamed Nearchos. For the services brought to the country during the Vietnam War, USS Waddell received 11 engagement stars and 2 Navy Unit Commendations.