The USS Cooper (DD-695) was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on August 30, 1943, as DD-695 and launched on February 9, the following year. It was commissioned on March 27, 1944, under Commander J. W. Schmidt’s command and served in the US Navy for half of year until it sank on December 3, 1944. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had its main missions in Boston, Pearl Harbor, Luzon, Manila, San Pedro, Leyte, and Ulithi. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Cooper received 1 battle star.
Navy veterans were exposed to asbestos when working in the boiler rooms of ships, where the asbestos-containing material was routinely used to insulate pipes in the decades after the outbreak of the Second World War. Over time, with prolonged exposure the fibers start to harm the body, attaching themselves onto the lining of the lungs and chest walls. If you have a history of asbestos exposure and are experiencing persistent cough and increasing shortness of breath, it is extremely important to seek immediate medical attention.