The USS Cushing (DD-797) was a Fletcher-class destroyer laid down on May 3, 1943, and launched on September 30, the same year. It was commissioned on January 17, 1944, under Comdr. Louis F. Volk’s command with the hull number DD-797 and it served in the US Navy for 12 years before it was decommissioned on November 8, 1960. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 329 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Eniwetok, Manila, San Diego and Long Beach. For the service brought to the country during the Korean War, the ship received 2 battle stars and another 6 for the World War II activity.
Asbestos mainly affects the lungs and the pleural membrane that surrounds the lungs and is a known human carcinogen. Due to the long latency periods, the burden of asbestos-related disease continues to rise. It takes a long time for asbestos-related diseases to develop. Most people have no signs or symptoms for at least the first 10 years after exposure. If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Isherwood (DD-520), you may be eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds and VA claims.