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USS Waterman was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on February 24, 1943 and launched on June 20, the same year. It was commissioned on November 30, 1943 under Lt. Cmdr. W. B. Hinds’ command with the hull number DE-740 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on May 31, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had the main missions in San Diego, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, Gilbert Islands, Marshall Islands, the Marianas, Eniwetok, Guam or Saipan. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred to Peru where it was renamed Aguirre (D-2). For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Waterman received 8 battle stars.