The USS Fox (DD-234/AG-85), a Clemson-class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War II, was launched 12 June 1919 by the New York Shipbuilding Company; sponsored by Miss Virginia Blair; and commissioned 17 May 1920, with Commander A. D. Turnbull in command. The ship departed San Diego on 22 September 1944 and arrived at the Puget Sound Navy Yard for conversion to a miscellaneous auxiliary on 26 September. It was re-classified AG-85 on 1 October. On 4 November 1944, the ship proceeded to Seattle and, after engaging in scheduled exercises, on the 8th got underway for San Francisco. World War II was another watershed moment in the history of asbestos usage. The military increased demand for it significantly by incorporating it into military equipment, facilities, and transports. Asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma, may have a profound effect on the physical and mental well-being of Navy veterans, as well as financial difficulties. Negligent companies and employers who have hurt veterans are responsible for the pain and suffering they have caused.