The USS Borie (DD-704) was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on February 29, 1944, as DD-704 and launched on July 4, the same year. It was commissioned on September 21, 1944, under Commander N. Adair’s command and served in the US Navy for 28 years until it was decommissioned on July 1, 1972. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had its main missions in Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Saipan, Pearl Harbor, San Diego, Korea, and Vietnam. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Borie received 3 battle stars and another 4 for the activity during the Korean War.
Prized for its fire and chemical resistant qualities, as well as its affordable cost, asbestos was heavily used in naval ships and shipyards as a key component in over 300 different materials. Everywhere from sleeping quarters to mess halls and navigation rooms all contain materials made from asbestos. Asbestos could also be found on ships in boilers, brakes, gaskets, valves, flooring, and lagging.