The USS Bailey (DD-492) was a Benson-class destroyer laid down on January 29, 1941, and launched on December 19, the same year. It was commissioned on May 11, 1942, under Lt. Comdr. F. D. Karns’ command with the hull number DD-492 and it served in the US Navy for 4 years before it was decommissioned on May 2, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 276 people on board and had its main missions in Charleston, Mindanao, Peleliu, Palaus, Maloelap, Saipan, and Tarawa. For the services brought to the country, the USS Bailey (DD-492) received 9 battle stars for the World War II service.
The reason for the heavy usage of asbestos in the navy was that the mineral possesses physical and chemical properties, as it has heat and fire resistance characteristics, and it is also durable and affordable. If you are a Navy veteran that served on the USS Bailey (DD-492) and your health has been affected by a condition provoked by asbestos, you may be eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds and VA disability claims.