Corry was laid down at Orange, Texas by the Consolidated Steel Corporation in April 1945, launched in July, and commissioned in February 1946 with Commander Martin S. Shellabarger in command. Carrying a crew of 336, Corry was 390 feet six inches long and armed with ten 21-inch torpedo tubes, six 5-inch anti-aircraft guns, twelve 40-millimeter anti-aircraft guns, and eleven 20-millimeter anti-aircraft guns.
Corry departed Galveston, Texas in March 1946, conducted shakedown training in the Caribbean, and arrived for duty at Norfolk, Virginia in July. From July 1946 to March 1947, Corry operated in European and Mediterranean waters before being assigned to perform reserve training cruises with the Potomac River Naval Command. Corry was then assigned to plane guard duty for aircraft carriers out of Pensacola, Florida, which lasted from September 1947 to April 1950.
In May 1950, Corry began anti-submarine exercises with Destroyer Squadron 8. During this service, Corry went on a voyage to Quebec. The destroyer was then deployed with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean in 1951, where she served another tour of duty from April to October 1952. Corry operated locally out of Norfolk from then until April 1953, when she was decommissioned and underwent conversion into radar picket destroyer DDR 817.
Corry was reactivated in January 1954 and embarked on a training cruise from New Orleans to Balboa in the summer. The destroyer served on four tours of duty in the Mediterranean from 1954 to 1960, which were alternated with local operations at Norfolk and in the Caribbean. Corry was reverted to DD-817 status in January 1964, and then underwent a modernization upgrade. Decommissioned and struck from the Navy list in February 1981, Corry was then transferred to Greece, renamed Kriezis, and was transported from Crete to Turkey in 2002 to be scrapped.
Asbestos Risk on the USS Corry (DD-817)
Nearly every sailor aboard Corry would have suffered exposure to asbestos products regardless of what his assigned duties were. Sailors working with ship's machinery were exposed to higher levels of asbestos, as were sailors serving in fire suppression efforts. Most compartments of Corry were constructed with asbestos containing products to some extent.
Working at a shipyard also had the potential to expose service members to asbestos. Immediate or extended family members of repair yard and shipbuilding crewmen may have also suffered from asbestos inhalation, as the clothes worn on the job by the workers, had asbestos on them which got carried home at the end of the work day. Mesothelioma, a life-threatening asbestos cancer is directly linked to asbestos exposure of this nature.
Repairing or replacing asbestos insulation or damaged ship components exposed Corry's personnel and dock workers to dangerous level of asbestos. In many cases, those exposed years ago may just now be experiencing health issues as mesothelioma can take decades to develop after exposure has occurred.
As asbestos exposure is currently the primary causal factor in mesothelioma and other asbestos-related conditions, navy veterans who served on the USS Cory or another ship may be eligible to receive financial compensation for their injury. Please fill out the form on this page to learn more.Sources
Haze Gray & Underway. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. DD-817.
NavSource Naval History. Corry (DD-817).