The USS Gillespie (DD-609) was a Benson-class destroyer launched on November 1, 1942. It was commissioned on September 18, the same year under Lt. Comdr. C. L. Clement’s command with the hull number DD-609 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on April 17, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 261 people on board and had its main missions in the Aleutian Islands, Great Sitkin, San Diego, California, Panama Canal, Norfolk, and French Morocco. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1971.
Asbestos-containing products were used extensively on American ships between the 1940s and mid-70s. Asbestos exposure occurs during maintenance, repair and overhaul operations conducted periodically on naval vessels where asbestos-containing components are removed or repaired. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness like asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma and the USS Gillespie (DD-609) plays a part in your past, you may be entitled to monetary compensation to help you cover current and future medical bills.