The USS Griswold (DE-7) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort laid down on November 27, 1942, and launched on January 9, the following year. It was commissioned on April 28, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. Charles M. Lyons's command with the hull number DE-7 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on November 19, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 198 people on board and had its main missions in California, Boston, Society Islands, Mare Island, Guadalcanal, Pearl Harbor, Tokyo Bay, Leyte, Eniwetok, San Pedro, Lunga Point, Ulithi, and the Philippines. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Griswold received 3 battle stars. Asbestos can cause permanent damage once it is inhaled, but as the symptoms can take decades to show, there are usually no immediate signs of illness at all. Hull maintenance workers, pipe coverers, boilermakers, machinists, electricians, welders, engine operators, and numerous other Navy personnel and civilian shipyard workers were more prone to inhalation of asbestos fibers throughout long shifts and in the absence of protective equipment and awareness training.