Corry was laid down by the Charleston Navy Yard in September 1940, launched in July 1941, and commissioned in December 1941 with Lieutenant Commander E.C. Burchett in command. Carrying a crew of 208, Corry was 348 feet four inches long and had a displacement of 2,395 tons. She was armed with four five-inch anti-aircraft guns, six one-half inch machine guns, and ten 21-inch torpedo tubes.
Corry began her service participating in operations with Radio Washington, at Annapolis, Maryland, in May 1942; as an escort of SS Queen Elizabeth; and conducting patrols off Newfoundland. In July, Corry served coastal patrol and escort duty out of Newport, Rhode Island, with voyages to the Caribbean, where off Trinidad the destroyer rescued survivors of torpedo-stricken SS Ruty. Corry sailed from Bermuda to Casablanca in October for the troop landings in Morocco. During this deployment, Corry served as a screen for Ranger.
Corry resumed coastal services off the United States and in the Caribbean in November, and then made an escort voyage to North Africa in February 1943. In August, Corry was deployed to Scotland with the British Home Fleet and cruised to Norway and Iceland to assist convoys en-route to Russia.
Following escort voyages to New Orleans and Panama, Corry joined anti-submarine operations off Casablanca in March 1944, and after departing there, participated in an attack on German submarine U-801 and sank the enemy vessel. Corry also took on 47 survivors of the submarine. She was then assigned to Boston for overhaul.
Corry sailed for Great Britain in April, and conducted escort and transport operations in preparation for the Normandy invasion. Stationed at San Marcouf Island, Corry struck a mine and was ordered to be abandoned just a few minutes later. Survivors endured enemy fire for two hours but were later rescued by Fitch, Hobson, and Butler.
Asbestos Risk on the USS Corry (DD-463)
Most of the crew assigned to or working on Corry were most likely exposed to asbestos-containing materials to a greater or lesser degree, depending on the occupation they held, particularly in the wake of her battle damage. Crewmen working on engines and boilers were exposed to high levels of asbestos, as were crew members working in fire suppression efforts. Repair and shipyard servicemen were also at risk of being exposed heavily to asbestos while working on ship construction or refits. It is the Inhalation or ingestion of asbestos fibers that is known to cause a life-threatening illness known as mesothelioma.
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Haze Gray & Underway. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. DD-463. http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/destroy/dd463txt.htmNavSource Naval History, USS Corry (DD-463).