The USS Ellyson (DD-454/DMS-19), a Gleaves-class destroyer, was laid down by Federal Shipbuilding of Kearny, New Jersey on 20 December 1940. It was launched on 26 July 1941 sponsored by Miss Gordon Ellyson, daughter of Commander Ellyson, and commissioned on 28 November 1941 with Lieutenant Commander L. B. Rooney in command. The ship was decommissioned on 19 October 1954 and transferred to the Japanese Government on 20 October 1954 under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program. It served in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force as Asakaze. In 1970 the USS Ellyson (DD-454/DMS-19) was returned to the United States, and sold to Taiwan, where it was cannibalized for spare parts. If you are a Navy veteran that served on the USS Ellyson (DD-454), and your health has been affected by a condition provoked by asbestos, we want to help during one of the most challenging times of your life by putting you directly in touch with a legal professional that can determine where exposure to asbestos occurred and provide legal protection to pursue financial compensation.