The USS Daniel (DE-335) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on August 30, 1943, and launched on November 16, the same year. It was commissioned on January 24, 1944, under Lt. Comdr. H. E. Waller’s command with the hull number DE-335 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on April 12, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Galveston, Bermuda, Norfolk, Hampton Roads, Naples, Pearl Harbor, England, France, and San Diego. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 15, 1971, and sold for scrapping in 1974. Despite strict regulations that have been in place for a number of years, large amounts of asbestos are still found on old military bases and ships. If the material containing asbestos is chipped, drilled, broken, or allowed to deteriorate, it can release in the atmosphere fine dust that contains asbestos fibers. When microscopic asbestos fibers are breathed in, they enter the lungs and gradually damage them over time.