The USS Cockrill (DE-398) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on August 31, 1943, and launched on October 29, the same year. It was commissioned on December 24, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. S. Farnham’s command with the hull number DE-398 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on June 21, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Charleston, New York, Norfolk, Guantanamo, the Gulf of Mexico, Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, Guam, and Casco Bay. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1973, and used as a target ship during training exercises in 1974. Even though the use of asbestos stopped in the 1970s, the toxic substance continues to impact thousands of Navy veterans today. Asbestos exposure can have deadly consequences and has been linked to various cancers, including lung cancer, bronchial cancer, mesothelioma, colon cancer, esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, plus many types of pulmonary issues. If you are a Navy veteran, or dependent on a veteran that was exposed to asbestos during service and became ill, it’s important to partner with an experienced legal practitioner in order to secure the compensation that you deserve.