The USS Beatty (DD-756) was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on July 4, 1944, and launched on November 30, the same year. It was commissioned on March 31, 1945, under Comdr. M. T. Munger’s command with the hull number DD-756 and served in the US Navy for 27 years until it was decommissioned on July 14, 1972. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had its main missions in Chesapeake Bay, the Caribbean, Norfolk, San Diego, Haifa, Newport, Yokosuka, the Panama Canal, Cannes, and Colombo. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List the same day and transferred to Venezuela where it was renamed Carabobo. From the 1930s to the 1980s, it wasn’t uncommon to use asbestos to insulate pipes, turbines, pumps, and other heat-sensitive areas in the engine rooms, boiler rooms, weapons and ammunition storage rooms, and sleeping quarters of seamen and officers. If you served in the U.S. Navy and were exposed to asbestos either knowingly or unknowingly, and have been diagnosed with lung cancer, asbestosis or other related asbestos condition, you are entitled to seek compensation.