The USS Eugene A. Greene (DD/DDR-711), a Gearing-class destroyer of the United States Navy, was launched on 18 March 1945 by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Kearny, N.J.; sponsored by Mrs. Anita M. Greene, widow of Ensign Greene; and commissioned on 8 June 1945, with Commander W. V. Pratt, III, in command. The USS Eugene A. Greene (DD/DDR-711) was placed out of commission from 1 April 1952 to 1 December 1952, during which period it was being converted to a radar picket destroyer. The ship was decommissioned on 15 September 1989; she was sunk as a target on 12 December 1991. Victims of asbestos exposure can often be misdiagnosed as the symptoms for many ailments caused by asbestos present similarly – shortness of breath, chest pain, and persistent cough. Misdiagnosis may become a significant problem when a Navy veteran who was once exposed to asbestos during service seeks compensation later. A definite diagnosis is necessary to take advantage of the trust funds created to compensate asbestos victims.