On 20 February 1942, Fletcher-class destroyer USS Charette (DD-581) was laid down at the Boston Navy Yard. she was named for Lieutenant George Charrette (1867–1938), who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism during the Spanish–American War.
Charette was transferred to the Kingdom of Greece in 1959 and renamed Velos (D16). Velos remained in service until 1991 and was then turned into a museum ship at Palaio Faliro, near Athens.