The USS Frederick C. Davis (DE-136) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on November 9, 1942, and launched on January 24, the following year. It was commissioned on July 14, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. O. W. Goepner’s command, with the hull number DE-136 and it served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was sunk by U-546 on April 24, 1945. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Anzio, Corsica, southern France, and New York. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Frederick C. Davis received 4 battle stars and many awards.
Between World War II and the late-1970s, asbestos was hailed for its fireproofing properties and was used to insulate pipes, gaskets, boilers, incinerators, electrical wiring, valves, and hydraulics. Navy veterans exposed to asbestos in the course of their military duties may be able to receive VA benefits and compensation from one or more of the established asbestos trust funds as well as VA claims.