The USS Fessenden (DE-142) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on January 4, 1943, and launched on March 9, the same year. It was commissioned on August 25, 1943, under Lt. Cmdr. W. A. Dobbs’ command as DE-142 and served in the U.S. Navy for 17 years until it was decommissioned on June 30, 1960. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Panama Canal, New York, Bizerte, Maine, New London, Cape Verde, Miami, Bahia, Argentina, Recife, Eniwetok, Boston, and Casablanca. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 1, 1966, and sunk as a target ship during training exercises the following year. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Fessenden received 2 battle stars. Asbestos, known for its insulation and fireproofing properties, was used in all aspects of construction, modification, repair, conversion, and refitting of Navy ships. Navy veterans who have been diagnosed with a disease caused by asbestos exposure on the USS Fessenden (DE-142) should take steps to protect their legal rights.