The USS Nelson (DD-623), a Gleaves-class destroyer, was laid down on 7 May 1942 at the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey, and launched on 15 September 1942 sponsored by Mrs. Nelson Stewart, daughter of Rear-Admiral Nelson. The ship was commissioned on 26 November 1942, with Lieutenant Commander M. M. Riker in command. By directive dated January 1947, the ship was placed out of commission, in reserve, U.S. Atlantic Reserve Fleet, and berthed at Charleston. It was struck from the Naval Register on 1 March 1968 and sold in July 1969. Many of the fatal diseases caused by asbestos undergo a lengthy latency period, often with no symptoms appearing until multiple decades following the exposure period. Most cases of asbestos-related diseases go undiagnosed until they are very advanced, making successful treatment that much more unlikely. If you suffer from a disease caused by exposure to asbestos and you are also a Navy veteran, or a shipyard worker, you may be entitled to disability benefits through the VA, or you may be entitled to file a claim with an asbestos trust. An experienced lawyer can explain all legal matters to you in greater detail; we can put you in touch with the right attorneys.