The USS Caldwell (DD-69) was a Caldwell-class destroyer laid down on December 9, 1916, and launched on July 10, the following year. It was commissioned on December 1, 1917, under Lt. Comdr. B. McCandless’ command with the hull number DD-69 and served in the US Navy for 5 years until it was decommissioned on June 27, 1922. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 100 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Queenstown, Brest, Charleston and Newport. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 7, 1936 and sold for scrapping in 1936 in Philadelphia. The most frequent asbestos exposure occurred in the Navy due to the need for fire resistance aboard Naval vessels. Engine and boiler rooms, sleeping quarters, mess halls and navigation rooms, were just a few of the many sources of asbestos a Navy veteran may have been exposed to on a daily basis. If you are a Navy veteran, it’s important to understand that you were put at high risk of exposure to asbestos, thus, if you experience symptoms like dry cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, or persistent chest pain, then it’s vital to talk to a doctor and let him/her know of your possible exposure to asbestos.