The USS Melvin (DD-680), a Fletcher-class destroyer and the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for Lieutenant, junior grade John T. Melvin, was laid down on 6 July 1943 by Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, in Kearny, N.J., launched on 17 October 1943, sponsored by Miss Gertrude C. Bailey, grandniece of Lieutenant Melvin and commissioned on 24 November 1943, with Commander Warner R. Edsall in command. The ship was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 December 1974, sold on 14 August 1975, and broken up for scrap. Asbestos has been used for thousands of years due to its durability and heat-resistant properties. The fibrous mineral can be easily separated into long, thin strands that have unique properties. If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Melvin (DD-680), you may be eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds and VA claims. Call us today and we can put you in touch with top-ranked attorneys that have decades of experience to get you the compensation you deserve.