The USS Grindall (K477) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort laid down on April 23, 1943, and launched on June 4, the same year. It was transferred to the United Kingdom and served there for 2 years as HMS Grindall K477 until it was transferred back to the U.S. Navy on August 20, 1945. It served for a few months under Lt. Burrill D. Barker’s command until it was decommissioned on October 19, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 156 people on board. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 1, 1945, and sold for scrapping the following year. Hundreds of materials that went into ships contained asbestos - a carcinogenic mineral - and the heaviest use of it occurred between the 1930s and the 1970s. If you are a Navy veteran and decades ago you had heavy exposure to asbestos and you now have an asbestos-related health condition, you may be entitled to monetary compensation through one or more of the established asbestos trust funds as well as VA claims.