The USS Allen M. Sumner (DD-692) was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on July 7, 1943, as DD-692 and launched on December 15, the same year. It was commissioned on January 26, 1944, under Commander Norman J. Sampson’s command and served in the US Navy for 29 years until it was decommissioned on August 15, 1973. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Norfolk, Luzon, San Pedro, Saipan, San Diego, Korea, and Vietnam. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold for scrapping. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Allen M. Sumner received 2 battle stars, one battle star for the activity during the Korean War and another 2 for the Vietnam War. Navy veterans and shipyard workers for many years were exposed to toxic substances like asbestos, sometimes on a daily basis. For veterans diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases, the road is often difficult to find the support needed while dealing with the physical, emotional and monetary burdens of asbestos-related diseases. If you suffer from a disease caused by exposure to asbestos and you are also a Navy veteran, you may have grounds for a legal claim.