The USS Charles E. Brannon (DE-446), was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort in service with the United States Navy from 1944 to 1968. It was launched on 23 April 1944 by Federal Shipbuilding Co., Newark, New Jersey; sponsored by Second Lieutenant D. Brannon, WAG; and commissioned 1 November 1944, with Commander E. W. Todd in command. It was sold for scrapping in 1969. On 23 September 1968, the USS Charles E. Brannon (DE-446) was finally taken out of service and was struck from the Navy list. On 27 October 1969, it was sold for scrapping. The ship received one battle star for World War II service. Once considered a go-to insulation material, asbestos is now widely recognized as a dangerous cause of cancer. The shipbuilding industry is particularly well-known for using asbestos in its boilers, steam pipes, and hot water pipes. Inhaling loose asbestos fibers is known to cause several serious and even fatal diseases – there was no surprise it was restricted by the United States in the 1970s.