The USS Colahan (DD-658) was a Fletcher-class destroyer laid down on October 24, 1942, and launched on May 3, the following year. It was commissioned on August 23, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. D. T. Wilber’s command with the hull number DD-658 and it served in the US Navy for 23 years before it was decommissioned and struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1966. It was used as a target during training exercises on December 18, 1966. For the service brought to the country during World War II, the USS Colahan (DD-658) received 8 battle stars and another 5 for the Korean activity.
Asbestos, the mineral with great insulation properties, becomes dangerous if its airborne fibers get into the lungs. Nowadays, many veterans developed serious respiratory diseases following asbestos exposure during the shipbuilding process, the maintenance or reconditioning of a ship. Veterans who have developed illnesses due to exposure to asbestos are entitled to file a claim that is likely to bring them compensation if it is proven that the respective disease was caused by asbestos exposure while serving the US Navy.