The USS Edward C. Daly (DE-17) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort laid down on April 1, 1942, and launched on October 21, the same year. It was commissioned on April 3, 1943, under Comdr. G. A. Parkinson’s command with the hull number DE-17 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on December 20, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 198 people on board and had its main missions in Pearl Harbor, San Pedro, Attu, Ellice Islands, Funafuti, Guam Paramushiro and Saipan. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 8, 1946, and sold for scrapping the following year. Extended exposure and inhalation of asbestos fibers have caused serious illnesses such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, pleural disease, and esophageal cancer for thousands of Navy veterans. When asbestos fibers become lodged within lung tissue, they will remain there for the rest of your life. You will likely experience no symptoms for 10 to 40 years. Asbestos-related diseases are progressive, irreversible, and life-threatening.