The USS Barton (DD-599) was a Benson-class destroyer laid down on May 20, 1941, and launched on January 31, the following year. It was commissioned on May 29, 1942, under Lt. Comdr. Douglas Harold Fox’ command with the hull number DD-599 and served in the US Navy for a half of year until it was sunken by a Japanese destroyer on November 13, 1942. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 276 people on board and had its main missions in Tongatapu and Guadalcanal. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Barton (DD-599) received 4 battle stars.
Materials containing asbestos lined the ships as an insulator and to prevent the risk of fire. Asbestos materials were employed in various capacities throughout ships’ interiors and asbestos-based insulation covered pipes throughout ships top control the temperature of hot pipes. Shipfitters, boiler workers, welders, hull maintenance technicians, and damage contromen have been among the most affected by asbestos exposure.