The USS Bauer (DE-1025) was a Dealey-class destroyer escort laid down on December 1, 1955, and launched on June 7, 1957. It was commissioned on November 21, 1957, with the hull number DE-1025, and served in the U.S. Navy for 16 years until it was decommissioned on December 3, 1973. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 170 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Yokosuka, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, and South Korea. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on the same day and, a year later, it was sold for scrapping to the National Metal & Steel Corporation in California. During a 40-year period leading up to the mid-1970s, the asbestos industry manufactured insulation material used for exposed structural boundaries such as the shell, bulkheads, and decks referred to as "hull board" or Navy board, and many other shipboard products. Decades later and near retirement, many of the Navy veterans are being diagnosed with life-threatening diseases and wondering where to turn for help.