The USS Henley (DD-762) was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on February 8, 1944, and launched on April 8, the following year. It was commissioned on October 8, 1946, under Comdr. Dwight L. Moody’s command with the hull number DD-762 and served in the US Navy for 27 years until it was decommissioned in 1973. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Boston, Charleston, Seine and Panama Canal. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on July 1, 1973, and sold for scrapping the same year.
Nowadays, all types of asbestos are classified as cancer-causing substances, and their correlation with terminal conditions such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer is undeniable. Oftentimes, lung diseases caused by breathing in asbestos fibers are progressive and irreversible and available medical and surgical care facilities cannot completely cure it. Navy veterans who were exposed to asbestos may now be able to receive compensation to help them pay for their treatments.