The USS Bangust (DE- 739) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on February 11, 1943, and launched on June 6, the same year. It was commissioned on October 30, 1943, under Lt. Cmdr. Charles F. MacNish’s command with the hull number DE-739 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on November 17, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, Ellice Island, Gilbert Islands, Tarawa, Kwajalein, Hollandia, Honolulu, and Saipan. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred to Peru where it was renamed Castilla (D-61). For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Bangust received 11 battle stars. Asbestos-related diseases are not always easily diagnosed. Symptoms like chest pain, difficulty breathing, persistent cough, fatigue, loss of appetite, and unintentional weight loss can sometimes take between 20 and 40 years to appear, and often Navy veterans have long since forgotten about their asbestos exposure decades earlier. If you have any of these symptoms and you have a history of exposure to asbestos, see your doctor immediately.