The USS Collett (DD-730) was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on October 11, 1943, as DD-730 and launched on March 5, the following year. It was commissioned on May 16, 1944, under Commander James D. Collett’s command and served in the US Navy for 26 years until it was decommissioned on December 18, 1970. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had its main missions in Luzon, Formosa, Ulithi, Taiwan, China, Leyte, Korea, San Diego, and Sasebo. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on February 1, 1974, and sold to Argentina where it was renamed ARA Piedrabuena. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Collett received 6 battle stars and another 6 for the Korean activity. Military ships used asbestos-containing materials to prevent naval structures from buckling during a fire. Inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause a person to develop a wide array of health concerns, some of which may prove to be fatal. If you are one of the many veterans who have developed an asbestos-related illness after service in the Navy, legal action may be available to help you seek financial compensation that may be used to address the costs of treatment.