The USS Burden R. Hastings (DE-19) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort laid down on April 15, 1942, and launched on November 20, the same year. It was commissioned on May 1, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. P. A. Walker’s command with the hull number DE-19 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on October 25, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 198 people on board and had its main missions in Pearl Harbor, the Marshalls, Kwajalein, San Pedro, Eniwetok, Majuro, New Caledonia, and Funafuti. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 13, 1945, and sold for scrapping to the National Metal and Steel Corporation in Terminal Island the following year. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Burden R. Hastings received 4 battle stars. Exposure to asbestos fibers and dust can result in asbestos diseases, which usually don't reveal symptoms until decades later. If you are a naval retiree who has developed lung cancer due to asbestos exposure, mesothelioma, or asbestosis, your first priority will be your health. The financial compensation you can receive if you file an asbestos claim can relieve the burden both you and your family will be feeling.