The USS Isherwood (DD-520) was a Fletcher-class destroyer laid down on May 12, 1942, and launched on November 24, the same year. It was commissioned on April 12, 1943, under Comdr. R. E. Gadrow’s command with the hull number DD-520 and it served in the US Navy for 18 years before it was decommissioned on September 11, 1961. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had its main missions in Casco Maine, Guantanamo Bay, Newfoundland, Kurile, Alaska, Leyte, Manila, Okinawa, Charleston and San Diego. For the service brought to the country during World War II, the USS Isherwood (DD-520) received 5 battle stars.
Navy ships were built with many asbestos-containing materials during a time when the extent of asbestos’s dangers was not known. Asbestos was found in large amounts in pipes, block insulation, boilers, pumps, valves, and engines of each ship. If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Isherwood (DD-520), you may be eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds and VA claims.