The USS Coghlan (DD-606) was a Benson-class destroyer launched on February 12, 1942. It was commissioned on July 10, the same year under Lt. Comdr. B. F. Tompkins’ command with the hull number DD-606 and served in the US Navy for 5 years until it was decommissioned on March 31, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 262 people on board and had its main missions in San Francisco, Pearl Harbor, Kodiak, Gibson Islands, Kiska, Aleutian Islands, Baker Island, Tarawa, the Philippines, and Palau. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1971, and sold for scrapping in 1974. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Coghlan received 8 battle stars. Individuals involved in repairing Navy vessels in shipyards were constantly exposed to asbestos due to the high concentrations of asbestos fibers in damaged and war-torn ships. Now, Navy veterans harmed by asbestos exposure are using the legal system to hold asbestos companies financially responsible for their reckless disregard of the health and safety of service members and their families.