The USS Barr (DE-576/APD-39) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on November 5, 1943, and launched on December 28, the same year. It was commissioned on February 16, 1944, under Lt. Comdr. Henry H. Love’s command with the hull number DE-576 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on July 12, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and had its main missions in Casablanca, Maine, Bermuda, Iwo Jima, Ulithi, Tinian, Saipan, Guam, and Kerama Retto. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 1, 1960. Three years later, on March 26, 1963, the ship sank as a target in Vieques Island. If you served in the U.S. Navy and experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, persistent cough, and tightness in your chest, you may be entitled to VA benefits. Even if you were not involved in combat, you may still be eligible to receive VA disability if you can establish that you were exposed to asbestos while serving in the U.S. Navy.