The USS Flaherty (DE-135) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on November 7, 1942, and launched on January 17, the following year. It was commissioned on June 26, 1943, under Comdr. M. W. Firth’s command, with the hull number DE-135 and it served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on June 17, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Casablanca, Guadalcanal, Madeira, Norfolk, Miami, Argentia, Le Havre, and Southampton. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on April 1, 1965, and sold for scrapping in 1966. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Flaherty received 4 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation. Prior to 1980, all types of ships were built using asbestos-containing products. Unfortunately, while asbestos was an important part of most shipyards, many workers may have been at risk of inhaling its easily crumbled fibers - fibers that are known to cause a number of cancers. Please call 760-621-6147 - we are always available to answer your questions with a phone call and will always keep you informed.