The USS Evarts (DE-5) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort laid down on October 17, 1942, and launched on December 7, the same year. It was commissioned on April 15, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. C. B. Henriques's command with the hull number DE-5 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on October 2, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 198 people on board and had its main missions in Boston, Palermo, Casablanca, Norfolk, Bizerte, Oran, New London, and New York. After the decommissioning, the ship was sold for scrapping in 1946. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Evarts received 3 medals and a Combat Action Ribbon. Between the 1930s and the 1970s, Navy veterans, shipbuilders, maintenance workers, and those who decommissioned ships were at high risk of exposure to asbestos and are now dealing with its painful aftermath. If you or a family member served in the U.S. Navy during the past few decades and have experienced symptoms such as breathlessness, dry cough, chest pain, and fatigue, consult a doctor immediately and make sure to tell him/her about your exposure to asbestos.