The USS Herbert C. Jones (DE-137) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on November 30, 1942, and launched on January 19, the following year. It was commissioned on July 21, the same year under Lt. Cmdr. Alfred W. Gardes’ command as DE-137 and served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on May 2, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Pearl Harbor, Panama Canal, Algiers, New York, Gibraltar, Bizerte, and Italy. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1972. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Herbert C. Jones received 3 battle stars and a Navy Unit Commendation. There is no way to undo the negative health effects that now afflict the Navy veterans who served on asbestos-contaminated vessels and shipyards across the U.S. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Herbert C. Jones (DE-137), you should monitor your health carefully, and consult a doctor if you experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, persistent dry cough, chest tightness or pain, and weight loss from loss of appetite.