The USS Hammerberg (DE-1015) was a Dealey-class destroyer escort laid down on November 12, 1953, and launched on August 20, 1954. It was commissioned on March 2, 1955, under Lt. Comdr. Murray E. Draper’s command with the hull number DE-1015 and served in the U.S. Navy for 18 years until it was struck from the Navy List on December 14, 1973. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 170 people on board and had its main missions in Plymouth, Brest, Newport, Norway, Boston, Cuba, Key West and Nova Scotia. After the striking, the ship was sold for scrapping on June 14, 1974. Navy personnel who served on ships whose keels were laid before 1990 are highly likely to have been exposed to asbestos. The highest-risk occupations included boilermen, engine mechanics, machinists, electricians, water tenders, welders, pipefitters, steamfitters, and fire control technicians. If you served in the Navy prior to 1980 and worked directly with asbestos-containing materials, you are highly likely to be entitled to receive compensation.