The USS Gilligan (DE-508) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on November 18, 1943, and launched on February 22, the following year. It was commissioned on May 12, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. Carl E. Bull’s command as DE-508 and served in the U.S. Navy for 11 years until it was decommissioned on March 31, 1959. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had its main missions in Manus, San Diego, Lingayen, Leyte, Ulithi, Hollandia, Okinawa, and Hawaii. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1972, and sold for scrapping the following year. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Gilligan received 1 battle star. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Gilligan (DE-508), you should contact a doctor immediately. He/she will conduct a physical exam, lung function tests, and a chest X-ray. Medical professionals commonly use X-rays to detect asbestos-induced abnormalities caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers. Navy veterans exposed to asbestos during their service are entitled to compensation. In addition to filing for veterans' benefits, Navy veterans can also file for asbestos trust funds compensation.