The USS Gwin (DD-71) was a Caldwell-class destroyer launched on December 22, 1917. It was commissioned on March 18, 1920, under Lt. Comdr. H. H. Bousen’s command with the hull number DD-71 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 28, 1922. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 100 people on board and had its main missions in Puget Sound, California, Panama Canal, Newport, and Charleston. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 25, 1937 and sold for scrapping in 1939 to the Union Shipbuilding Company in Baltimore.
Because it was abundant and cheap, asbestos was used frequently for the insulation of pipes, boilers, electrical fixtures, and hull construction. It was also used as cladding on fire-retardant bulkheads. Make an appointment with your doctor at your earliest convenience if you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Gwin (DD-71), as you might be at risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses such as lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma.