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USS Waldron was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on November 16, 1943 as DD-699 and launched on March 26, the following year. It was commissioned on June 7, 1944 under Commander George E. Peckham’s command and served in the US Navy for 29 years until it was decommissioned on October 30, 1973. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Eniwetok, Formosa, Pearl Harbor, Korea or Ulithi. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register and sold to Colombia on October 30, 1973. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Waldron received 4 battle stars and another 1 battle star for the activity during the Vietnam War.