The USS Edison (DD-439), a Gleaves-class destroyer, was launched on 23 November 1940 by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey sponsored by Mrs. Thomas Alva Edison, widow of the inventor; and commissioned on 31 January 1941, with Lieutenant Commander A. C. Murdaugh in command. The ship operated on the east coast, training and exercising with the fleet, with passenger and mail runs to NS Argentia, Newfoundland. In February 1942, the USS Edison (DD-439) escorted Convoy ON-67 from Iceland to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and between 21 and 25 February, it helped fight off three U-boat attacks. It was placed out of commission in reserve at Charleston on 18 May 1946, later in Philadelphia, where she lay at end of 1962; and was sold on 29 December 1966. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Edison (DD-439), be proactive with health care. There is currently no known cure for mesothelioma, but survival rates are improved if the disease is caught in the early stages. In most cases, it is not diagnosed until it is in the advanced stages. Because many of the early symptoms mirror those of less serious problems, they are often ignored. Get a yearly checkup with a chest X-ray. Remember to talk to your physician about past asbestos exposure.