The USS Buchanan (DD-484), a Gleaves-class destroyer, was launched on 22 November 1941 by Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, New Jersey; sponsored by Miss Hildreth Meiere, great-granddaughter of Admiral Buchanan. The ship was commissioned on 21 March 1942, with Lieutenant Commander R. E. Wilson in command. The ship played an effective role in the landings at Guadalcanal and Tulagi, and on 9 August it was present during the Battle of Savo Island and rescued many survivors of the cruisers Astoria, Quincy, Vincennes, and HMAS Canberra, sunk during the battle. In September it escorted the aircraft carrier Wasp and other units to Nouméa, New Caledonia. Shortly thereafter, the ship assisted in the occupation of Funafuti Island in the Ellice Islands. Asbestos is a mineral fiber that was widely used in the marine sector because it resisted damage from heat and electricity. Asbestos exposure has a strong association with several potentially fatal illnesses, the most serious of which is malignant mesothelioma. This aggressive cancer affects the lining of the lungs, heart, abdomen, and other organs. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Buchanan (DD-484), please call us today and we can offer you guidance and advice, as well as put you in touch with the right legal team for a free claim evaluation.