The USS Canfield (DE-262) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort laid down on February 23, 1943, and launched on April 6, 1943. It was commissioned on July 22, the same year under Cmdr. J. B. Cleland’s command as DE-262 and served in the U.S. Navy for two years until it was decommissioned on December 21, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 198 people on board and had its main missions in Boston, Pearl Harbor, San Diego, San Francisco, Majuro, Eniwetok, the Marshalls, Iwo Jima, Ulithi, and Tokyo Bay. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold for scrapping in 1947. Because asbestos was commonly used in the shipbuilding industry, many workers and Navy servicemen and servicewomen were at risk for asbestos exposure during their service. If you are a Navy veteran who served on the USS Canfield (DE-262) and you are worried that you may have an asbestos illness, then the first thing to do is to get checked by your GP. If your doctor feels that there is cause for concern she/he will refer you to a pulmonologist for a chest X-ray to find out if you are suffering from an asbestos disease.