The USS Ellet (DD-398) was a Benham-class destroyer laid down on December 3, 1936, and launched on June 11, 1938. It was commissioned on February 17, the following year under Lt. Comdr. F. J. Mee’s command with the hull number DD-398 and served in the US Navy for 6 years until it was decommissioned on October 29, 1945. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 184 people on board and had its main missions in Christmas Island, Honolulu, Tokyo, the Solomons, Guadalcanal, the Marshalls, Saipan, Guam, Ngulu Atoll and the Marianas. After the decommissioning, the ship was sold for scrapping in 1947. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Ellet DD-398 received 10 battle stars.
Some of the Navy occupations that have been deemed most at risk of asbestos exposure include boiler tender, damage controlman, electrician’s mate, engineman, fireman, gunner’s mate, hull maintenance technician, machinist’s mate, pipefitter, shipfitter, sonarman, and sonar technician. We strongly advise them to immediate medical attention, as oftentimes, diseases which stem from asbestos exposure are asymptomatic.