The USS Barber (DE-161/APD-57) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on April 27, 1943, and launched on May 30, the same year. It was commissioned on October 10, 1943, under Lt. Eugene T. B. Sullivan’s command with the hull number DE-161 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on March 22, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Panama, North Africa, Eniwetok, Ulithi and Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on September 27, 1968. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Barber received 3 battle stars. Asbestos is a naturally occurring serpentine rock that has been mined and used for centuries because of its durability to heat, electricity, and chemical resistance. The very properties that made asbestos a valuable raw material also create health problems when it is inhaled; namely the ability of the fibers to split along their length into fine fibers that can reach the furthest part of the lungs, and the resistance of the fibers to the chemical attack of the lung's defenses.