The USS J. Douglas Blackwood (DE-219) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on February 22, 1943, and launched on May 29, the same year. It was commissioned three times, the first time on December 15, 1943, under Comdr. R. V. Randolph’s command with the hull number DE-219 and served in the U.S. Navy for 21 years until it was decommissioned for the last time on January 30, 1970. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and had its main missions in the Solomons, Majuro, Eniwetok, Brazil, the Caribbean, and New London. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 30, 1970. Asbestos was an abundant material in the marine environment for Navy personnel, which is why so many of them developed asbestos-related diseases later in life. If you are a Navy veteran who served on the USS J. Douglas Blackwood (DE-219) and your health has been affected by a condition caused by asbestos exposure you may be eligible to seek compensation from the asbestos trusts that have been established to compensate current and future victims and their family members.