The USS Dale (DD-353), a Farragut-class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War II, was launched on 23 January 1935 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard; sponsored by Mrs. E. C. Dale; and commissioned 17 June 1935, with Commander W. A. Corn in command. Anchored at Guam when the war ended, the destroyer escorted two ships in a convoy to a rendezvous on 19 August off Japan, then sailed homeward, arriving at San Diego on 7 September. Four days later, it was underway for the east coast. It received 14 battle stars for World War II service. Between World War II until the late 1970s, individuals serving in the United States Navy faced an extremely high risk of asbestos exposure due to the use of numerous asbestos-containing materials in the construction of ships. A large number of military veterans who file asbestos legal claims have a military service record with the Navy. Those engaged in shipbuilding were also in danger of asbestos exposure. Asbestos fibers were discharged into the air when components had to be sanded down to fit together.