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The Mahan was the lead ship of the US Navy's Mahan-class destroyers. In 1941 it was at sea in the Pacific when Pearl Harbor was attacked; it searched for the enemy strike force without success. After that it took part in many of the most famous sea battles of the Pacific. It was sunk off Leyte (Philippines) in 1944 as a result of kamikaze attacks. The Mahan won five battle stars [Wikipedia].