The USS Bache (DD-470) was a Fletcher-class destroyer laid down on November 19, 1941, and launched on July 7, 1942. It was commissioned on November 14, 1942, under Comdr. J. N. Opie’s command with the hull number DD-470 and it served in the US Navy for 26 years before it was decommissioned on March 1, 1968. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 329 people on board and had its main missions in Charleston, Halifax, Kerama Retto, Okinawa, New Guinea, Eniwetok, Iwo Jima, New Britain, Kiska and Norfolk. It was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1968, and it was wrecked off Rhodes the same year. For the services brought to the country, the USS Bache (DD-470) received 8 battle stars for the World War II service. The toxicity of asbestos is a confirmed medical fact nowadays, but for decades people were unaware of it while they interacted with the mineral. Cutting, drilling and scrapping would often be a part of the repair jobs performed regularly on the ship resulting in the release of asbestos dust and putting those inhaling it at great risk of developing incurable diseases decades after the exposure happened. If you are a veteran, or dependent on a veteran that was exposed to asbestos during service and became ill, you have the right to ask for compensation.