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USS Elliot (DD-146)

USS Elliot (DD-146)

The USS Elliot (DD-146) served in the US Navy for over two-and-a-half decades during the early part of the 20th century, and received one battle star for her service in World War II. She was named for Lieutenant Commander Richard McCall Elliot who was killed aboard Manley in a collision and explosion in March 1918. Elliot was built as a Wickes-class destroyer.


Elliot was laid down in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by the William Cramp & Sons Ship & Engine Building Company in February 1918, launched in July, and commissioned in January 1919 with Lieutenant Commander E.L. Gunther in command. Carrying a crew of 103, Elliot was 314 feet, five inches long, had a displacement of 1,154 tons, and was armed with four 4-inch rapid-fire guns, two anti-aircraft guns, and twelve 21-inch torpedo tubes.

Naval History

Elliot conducted training in the Caribbean, deployed to Europe between April and June 1919, and was assigned to the Pacific Fleet. She arrived in San Diego, California, in August and was deployed to the Far East in March 1920 to investigate the murder of an American missionary in China. In May 1921, Elliot was placed in reserve status at San Diego and decommissioned a year later.

Elliot was re-commissioned in February 1930 and assigned to Destroyer Division 11 as a plane guard in battle practice. In 1936, Elliot was designated a high-speed towing vessel and participated in training and experimental operations. She was assigned to Pearl Harbor in 1940 and converted into high-speed minesweeper DSM-4 in November. Elliot began anti-submarine patrol upon returning to Pearl Harbor after the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941.

Elliot was deployed with TG 8.6 in the bombardment of Kiska in the Aleutian Islands in August, and then was assigned to patrol and escort work. Before and during the invasion of Attu in May 1943, Elliot conducted minesweeping operations. In June, Elliot was assigned to Operational Training Command in San Francisco, and then operating as a towing and training ship in San Diego until August 1944. Elliot was decommissioned at San Pedro, California in October 1945, stricken from the Navy list, and sold for scrap in January 1946.

Asbestos Risk on the USS Elliot (DD-146)

The installation of asbestos in the construction of oceangoing vessels was mandated by the US Congress in the early 1930s, after a fire at sea on the SS Morro Castle caused the deaths of more than 100 passengers and crew. Navy ships like Elliot utilized asbestos insulation in great quantities around engines and engine rooms, and to insulate compartments throughout the ship. When asbestos-containing material becomes worn it becomes friable, meaning that fibers can break off and enter the surrounding air, where they are breathed in by crewmen and repair workers, increasing the chances of contracting mesothelioma. After asbestos is inhaled or swallowed, the fibers get stuck in the mesothelium, a paper-thin layer of cells that surrounds and protects the body's heart, lungs, and stomach, and eventually inflammation from the fibers may cause mesothelioma cancer.

Since mesothelioma is a relatively uncommon condition, not all clinics or clinicians are able to provide mesothelioma treatment. Victims who have been affected by peritoneal or pleural mesothelioma often seek out information about the disease. They are also interested in understanding the legal options that may be available to them. An experienced mesothelioma attorney can be a valuable source for that kind of information.

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Haze Gray & Underway. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. DD-146. ( Retrieved 23 December 2010.

NavSource Naval History, USS Elliot (DD-146).
( Retrieved 23 December 2010.

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