The USS Cofer (DE-208/APD-62) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on May 12, 1943, and launched on September 6, 1943. It was commissioned on January 19, 1944, under Lt. Comdr. Alvin P. Chester’s command with the hull number DE-208 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 28, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and had its main missions in Gibraltar, Tunisia, New Guinea, Leyte, Palau, Ormoc, Mindoro, Luzon, and Palawan. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on April 1, 1966. Two years later, in March, the ship was sold for scrap. The level of the toxic carcinogen asbestos was extremely high in sea-going vessels, including aircraft carriers, amphibious warships, battleships, cruisers, destroyers, escorts, frigates, minesweepers, submarines, and merchant marine ships. If you’ve been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease and you are a Navy veteran who worked around asbestos, you may be able to get the money you deserve for your pain and suffering through asbestos trust fund claims and additionally, VA claims.