The USS James C. Owens (DD-776) was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on April 9, 1944, and launched on October 1, the same year. It was commissioned on February 17, 1945, under Comdr. R. H. Blair’s command with the hull number DD-776 and served in the US Navy for 28 years until it was decommissioned on July 15, 1973. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had its main missions in Newport, New England, New York, Norfolk, and Boston. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on July 15, 1973 and sold to Brazil the same day where it was renamed Sergipe. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS James C. Owens received two battle stars and another two battle stars for the activity during the Korean War. If you have previously been exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS James C. Owens (DD-776), or inhaled asbestos dust due to wear and tear on various parts of Navy ships, you may be eligible for financial compensation and /or benefits. We can offer guidance and advice, as well as put you in touch with the right attorneys that may be able to get you the money you deserve for your pain and suffering.