The USS Brister (DE/DER-327) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on June 14, 1943, and launched on August 24, the same year. It was commissioned on November 30, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. L. H. Crosby’s command with the hull number DE-327 and served in the U.S. Navy for 25 years until it was struck from the Navy List on September 23, 1968. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in the Far East, Korea, Japan, Italy, New York, Singapore, Charleston, Pearl Harbor, San Diego and Florida. After the striking, the ship was sold for scrapping to Chi Shun Hua Steel in Kaoshiung in 1971. During World War II, amphibious warships, battleships, cruisers, destroyers, escorts, frigates, minesweepers, submarines, auxiliary ships, and merchant marine ships were homes to thousands of Navy personnel. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral composed of long and thin crystals that are fibrous in form with special chemical and physical properties. It can be woven into fabrics and is often used in materials such as insulation, gaskets, some filters, packing, valves and sanitation and plumbing systems around the ship, and so on.