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USS Fletcher (DD-445)

Summary
USS Fletcher (DD/DDE-445), named for Admiral Frank Friday Fletcher, was the lead , and served in the Pacific during World War II. She received fifteen battle stars for World War II service, and five for Korean War service. Fletcher was laid down by the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Kearny, New Jersey, on 2 October 1941. She was launched on 3 May 1942; sponsored by Mrs. F. F. Fletcher, widow of Admiral Fletcher; and commissioned on 30 June 1942. Service history World War II 1942 Fletcher arrived at Nouméa, New Caledonia on 5 October 1942 from the east coast, and at once began escort and patrol duty in the Guadalcanal operation, bombarding Lunga Point on 30 October. Sailing from Espiritu Santo 9 November to cover the landing of reinforcements on the island, she joined in driving off an enemy air attack on the transports 12 November, claiming several enemy aircraft shot down. This was the opening phase of the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, a 3-da
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