The SS Duncan U. Fletcher was a Liberty Ship built during World War II by the United States. Its name comes from Duncan U. Fletcher, the longest-serving US Senator in Florida and twice the mayor of Jacksonville, Florida. It was built under a MARCOM contract by J.A. Jones Construction in Panama City, Florida, and launched in August 1943. After the launch, it was allocated to Lykes Bros. Steamship Corporation. Having survived the war, the ship was placed in the national reserve fleet at Lee Hall, Virginia, and later sold into private ownership. It was scrapped after it suffered heavy damage in 1966.
Prior to the 1980s, almost all Navy ships contained asbestos - as the mineral was praised for its sturdiness and its ability to withstand heat. Repeated exposure to asbestos can cause medical problems including mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer. If you served in the U.S. Navy between the 1930s and the 1980s and were exposed to asbestos, either knowingly or unknowingly, you may be eligible for disability benefits.