The USS Henry A. Wiley (DD-749/DM-29/MMD-29) was a Robert H. Smith-class destroyer minelayer launched on April 21, 1944. It was commissioned on August 31, the following year under Comdr. Robert Emmett Gadrow’s command with the hull number DD-749 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on January 29, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had its main missions in Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, the East China Sea, Buckner Bay, San Francisco, and Eniwetok. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 15, 1970, and sold for scrapping on May 30, 1972. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Henry A. Wiley received 4 battle stars. Tons of asbestos insulating materials were used in all classes of U.S. Navy vessels during the World War II era. If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Henry A. Wiley (DD-749/DM-29/MMD-29) , you should be sure to inform your physician and have regular physical exams. If you were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions you may be eligible for VA compensation, treatment, and other benefits.