The USS Fechteler (DD-870) was a Gearing-class destroyer laid down on April 12, 1945, and launched on September 19, the same year. It was commissioned on March 2, 1946, with the hull number DD-870 and it served in the US Navy for 24 years before it was decommissioned on September 11, 1970. During its activities, the ship had its main missions in San Diego, Norfolk, Argentia, Okinawa, Hong Kong, Yokosuka, Guam and Pearl Harbor. It was struck from the Navy List on September 11, 1970, and then sold for scrapping two years later. For the service brought to the country during the Korean War, the USS Fechteler (DD-870) received 5 battle stars. For the U.S. Navy, the properties of asbestos were extremely valuable, especially in times of war when resources were to be treated with caution. But the affordability of asbestos came with costs -human health effects from long-term unsafe exposure. If you know somebody that served in the Navy and is affected by an asbestos-related illness, they might be eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds and VA claims.