The USS Hickox (DD-673), a Fletcher-class destroyer of the United States Navy, was launched on 4 July 1943 by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, N.J.; sponsored by Mrs. Ralph Hickox, wife of the late Commander Hickox; and commissioned on 10 September 1943, Comdr. William M. Sweetser in command. The ship was transferred to South Korea on 15 November 1968, where she served in the Republic of Korea Navy as ROKS Pusan, named after the city of Pusan. Because of non-existent or inadequate warnings on a variety of asbestos-containing materials used in many different industries, including the shipbuilding industry, many shipyard workers and Navy veterans were exposed to asbestos prior to the late 1970s. If you or a loved one developed an illness that may have been the result of long-term exposure to asbestos fibers, you may be eligible to access compensation from funds established for victims or through a VA claim. We can put you in touch with experienced attorneys that will quickly review your case and determine whether you are eligible for financial compensation.