The USS Charles J. Badger (DD-657) was a Fletcher-class destroyer laid down on September 24, 1942, and launched on April 3, the following year. It was commissioned on July 23, 1943, under Comdr. W. G. Cooper’s command with the hull number DD-657 and it served in the US Navy for 14 years before it was decommissioned on December 20, 1957. It was struck from the Navy List on February 1, 1974, and sold to Chile on May 10, 1974, for scrapping. For the service brought to the country during World War II, the USS Charles J. Badger (DD-657) received 5 battle stars.
Asbestos was used in materials that ended up in large sections of Navy ships, especially in the spaces below the deck in which the threat of fire was more imminent. If you served in the U.S Navy and participated in duties such as the construction, overhaul or repair of the ships, you may have been exposed to harmful asbestos fibers, thus, you may qualify for benefits from asbestos trust funds and VA claims.