The USS Edmonds (DE-406) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on November 1, 1943, and launched on December 17, the same year. It was commissioned on April 3, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. C. S. Barker’s command as DE-406 and served in the U.S. Navy for 8 years until it was decommissioned in April 1965. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had its main missions in Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, Boston, Morotai, Leyte, Manus, Samar, Songjin and San Diego. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 15, 1972. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Edmonds received 5 battle stars and another 2 for the Korean War. The effects of long-term exposure to asbestos typically don’t show up for at least 20 to 30 years after initial exposure. Several diseases can occur as a result of past exposure to asbestos. These diseases include bronchial cancer, lung cancer, mesothelioma - cancer of the lining of the lung or abdominal cavity, digestive tract cancer, esophageal cancer, bladder cancer, pulmonary fibrosis, asbestosis and many other types of pulmonary issues.