The USS George A. Johnson (DE-583) was a Rudderow-class destroyer escort laid down on November 24, 1943, and launched on January 12, the following year. It was commissioned on April 15, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. Alvin Robinson’s command as DE-583 and served in the U.S. Navy for 9 years until it was decommissioned in September 1957. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 186 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Manus, Hingham, Bermuda, New Guinea, Hollandia, Leyte, Lingayen, Okinawa, and Ulithi. The inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause scar tissue formation inside the lungs. Often, the symptoms aren't noticed for 10 years or more after the asbestos exposure. Call your provider if you are a Navy veteran that served on the USS George A. Johnson, and you develop a cough, shortness of breath, fever, or other signs of a lung infection. Some treatments can alleviate symptoms and prevent the asbestos exposure illness from worsening over time, but once the damage is done by asbestos, illness from asbestos cannot be reversed. Doctors may prescribe oxygen treatment for patients who can’t get enough oxygen on their own, and some patients with severe symptoms may be candidates for lung transplant surgery.