The USS Cross (DE-448) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on March 19, 1944 and launched on July 4, the same year. It was commissioned on January 8, 1945 under Lt. Cmdr. H. L. Minshall’s command as DE-448 and served in the U.S. Navy for 8 years until it was decommissioned on January 2, 1958. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Boston, New York, Pearl Harbor, New England, Ulithi and Okinawa. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1966 and sold for scrapping in 1968. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Cross received 1 battle star. It’s possible that if you or a loved one served aboard the USS Cross (DE-448), you may have been exposed to asbestos and that could be the reason you’ve received an asbestos-related diagnosis. These Navy veterans can file a disability claim to collect benefits. In addition to their VA claims, they can also file for asbestos trust funds compensation.