The USS Calcaterra (DE-390) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on May 28, 1943, and launched on August 18, the same year. It was commissioned on November 17, 1943, under Comdr. H. J. Wuensch’s command with the hull number DE-390 and served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years until it was decommissioned on July 2, 1973. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Italy, Pearl Harbor, southern France, the Caribbean, Newport, and Florida. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 2, 1973, and sold for scrapping the following year. For generations, asbestos was considered to be a "miracle mineral", and was used prolifically in almost every ship built by the U.S. Navy between the 1930s and mid-1970s because of its fire-retardant abilities. If you are a Navy veteran adversely affected by exposure to asbestos contact a lawyer to learn your legal options and start your asbestos claim process.