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USS Walke was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on June 7, 1943 as DD-723 and launched on October 27, the same year. It was commissioned on January 21, 1944 under Commander John C. Zahm’s command and served in the US Navy for 26 years until it was decommissioned on November 30, 1970. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Bermuda, Scotland, Cherbourg, Korea or Vietnam. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register and sold for scrapping to General Metals in Tacoma. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Walke received 6 battle stars, 4 for Korea and another 7 for Vietnam.